CJ McCollum is nearing his much-awaited return to action for the Portland Trail Blazers after suffering a fractured left foot in mid-January. The 29-year-old appears to be taking the right steps in his road to recovery as he looks to serve a massive boost for Portland upon his return.
This report comes via NBA.com:
Portland guard CJ McCollum continues to recover from a left mid-foot fracture and has been cleared for contact practice, it was announced today by Neil Olshey, Trail Blazers president of basketball operations.
Unfortunately, the Blazers did not provide a concrete timetable for McCollum's injury. As such, not target return date has been identified just yet. Nevertheless, this is still a welcome development for the team as it sounds like they will get their sharp-shooting two-guard back sooner rather than later.
Last week, Blazers head coach Terry Stots noted that McCollum's rehab “is going well” but that at that point, “he's not doing much” (h/t Jason Quick of The Athletic). This recent report sounds more optimistic.
The most important thing to note here is the McCollum will now be rejoining his teammates in practice. It was not revealed what type of drills he will be allowed to participate in, but right now, it would be safe to assume that the Blazers will take their time with McCollum's injury. Forcing him to do more than his foot can handle might lead to an untimely setback, or worse, an aggravation of the injury.