The New Orleans Pelicans have been without star sharpshooter CJ McCollum as he battles back from a scary lung injury. But with McCollum close to making a full recovery, the Pelicans have laid out his return plan.

New Orleans is hoping to have CJ McCollum return during their upcoming two-game homestand, via Shams Charania of The Athletic. The guard has been out since No. 4 with a small collapse in his lung.

The Pelicans take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 29 and the San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 1. If all goes according to plan, McCollum will be active for one if not both contests. Moving forward, New Orleans is hopeful their star shooter can bounce back from his frightening injury and continue leading the team to success.

McCollum made it into six games before suffering his injury. He averaged 21.7 points, 5.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game. He shot an impressive 45 percent from the floor and almost 40 percent from behind the line.

In his absence, the Pelicans have relied on young shooters such as Jordan Hawkins and Dyson Daniels. Both have had their moments in the sun. However, getting McCollum back will bring a whole different element into New Orleans' offense.

Even without McCollum, the Pelicans have been on a hot streak, winning five of their last seven game. At 9-8, New Orleans wants to see their momentum continue as they chase a spot in the playoffs.

Getting CJ McCollum back in the lineup would certainly bolster those playoff hopes. After a three week layoff, New Orleans isn't expecting McCollum to miss much more time.