Another Blazers center set to miss significant time as rotation gets even thinner

Already down one big man for the season, another is set to undergo surgery with no timetable for a return.
Moses Brown, Portland Trail Blazers (left); Victor Wembanyama, San Antonio Spurs
Moses Brown, Portland Trail Blazers (left); Victor Wembanyama, San Antonio Spurs / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

The Portland Trail Blazers entered the season with an inexperienced roster. To make matters worse, they came down with the injury bug on opening night and can't seem to shake it. Nowhere is that more painful right now than in the frontcourt.

Deandre Ayton has missed a large chunk of time with knee soreness. The Blazers already lost big man Robert Williams III to season-ending surgery. Now, a third center has hit the injury list and, like Williams, will require surgery.

Trail Blazers center Moses Brown out indefinitely with fractured wrist

Portland announced Moses Brown will hit the shelf for an undetermined period as he undergoes surgery for a fractured wrist. His return timetable will be decided following the surgery.

The Blazers signed Brown, whose first NBA stop came in Portland, to a non-guaranteed contract before the season. But with the injury to Williams and the uncertainty surrounding Ayton's knee over the past few weeks, the 24-year-old has been pressed into action.

Brown started four games this season, all of which came at the end of December with Ayton out. The 7-foot-2 big man has appeared in nine games total this year with averages of 2.0 points and 5.1 rebounds.

The Blazers will be forced to play with a center rotation of Duop Reath and Ibou Badji until Ayton returns or go with more small lineups that feature Jabari Walker at center.