EXCLUSIVE: McCollum shoots without boot
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum will make his NBA debut on the road against the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 7 if all goes well in Idaho, a well-placed league source relayed to CSNNW.com.
As soon as McCollum returns from his two-game stint with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League, and the team feels he’s progressed, he will return to Portland for a Monday practice before being activated.
McCollum, 22, hasn’t sustained any setbacks since his non-operative procedure on his broken left in October. And as of late, he has been seen dominating pre-game three-on-three workouts.
Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said on Thursday that McCollum will play the two-guard position with the Stampede and will come off the bench, a role he’ll play in Portland.
Before the 2013-14 season began, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft would have been in an intense two-guard battle with Wesley Matthews for the starting spot. However, with the Trail Blazers out to a conference best 26-7 record and the team chemistry being what it is, there will be no rush to insert McCollum into the fold of things.
McCollum makes his professional debut with the Stampede tonight against Rio Grande Valley and they’ll face the same team tomorrow night.
Yahoo! Sports were first to report McCollum possibly being activated against the Kings.