Collins (ankle) underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a left ankle stress fracture and is out indefinitely, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The Trail Blazers were originally anticipating Collins would return by mid-to-late January, but this will change the timeline drastically. Now listed as out indefinitely, Collins could easily miss the entire season, which ends in early March. Even if he returns, there likely won't be a big role waiting for him due to offseason additions and retentions from last year's roster. For fantasy managers in redraft leagues -- even deep ones -- Collins can probably be dropped.
Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said Monday that Collins (ankle) likely won't be ready for game action until the second or third week of January, Aaron J. Fentress of The Oregonian reports. Olshey's comments indicate that Collins will be sidelined when the 2020-21 season begins in late December, an unsurprising development given that the big man underwent surgery in late August to address a left ankle injury. Collins was seen working out at the Trail Blazers' practice facility Monday, but the 23-year-old doesn't look like he's particularly close to resuming full-court, full-contact work just yet. Expect the newly re-signed Carmelo Anthony and free-agent pickup Derrick Jones to handle most of the minutes at power forward until Collins is ready to play again.
Collins will undergo season-ending surgery to address the left ankle injury he suffered Aug. 15, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. After re-evaluating Collins, the Blazers determined that the big man wouldn't be able to return to action at any point during the postseason. He'll wrap up his third NBA season with only 11 appearances, during which he averaged 7.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26.4 minutes. Wenyen Gabriel will likely continue to start at power forward in Collins' stead to help guard the Lakers' bigs and wings in the Blazers' first-round playoff series.
Collins, who officially has been diagnosed with a left ankle Malleolar stress reaction, is out for Game 2 and is set to be re-evaluated in one week, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports. The timetable means that Collins is expected to be sidelined for Games 3 and 4 as well. This is a significant blow to the Blazers, who have a thin bench and were forced to start Wenyen Gabriel against the Lakers in Game 1, though still pulled out an upset victory. Gabriel should be the primary beneficiary moving forward, but we may also see more minutes with Jusuf Nurkic and Hassan Whiteside on the court together, especially with Nurkic's new-found three-point competence.
Collins (ankle) has been ruled out of Tuesday's Game 1 against the Lakers, Marc Spears of ESPN reports. Collins tweaked his left ankle early in Saturday's play-in game against Memphis, forcing him out after just seven minutes of action. Two days later, Collins is still battling soreness and inflammation in the ankle, so he'll be held out of at least Game 1 of the Blazers' first-round series. Without Collins, Portland's already-shallow frontcourt depth will be tested even further. Wenyen Gabriel will get the starting nod in Collins' place.
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