Collins (foot) will not be extended a qualifying offer by the Trail Blazers, making him an unrestricted free agent, Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.
Since being drafted 10th overall in 2017, Collins has appeared in just 154 total games, missing time due to injuries. Most recently, it was a broken foot that cost him all of 2020-21. With Collins becoming an unrestricted free agent, he can sign anywhere that offers him a deal without the possibility of Portland matching. However, given his injury history, it's not clear what sort of contract and role he'll step into next season. For his career, he's averaged 5.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game. He has upside as a three-point shooter (33.6 percent in his past 88 appearances) and shot blocker (1.4 blocks per 36 minutes).
Collins recently re-fractured his surgically repaired left foot, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Collins underwent a procedure in late December to address a left ankle stress fracture and appeared to have a shot to return late in the 2020-21 campaign after getting his cast removed in early February, but he ultimately missed the entire season after playing in just 11 games in 2019-20. With the Gonzaga product having now suffered yet another significant setback, his availability for the start of the 2021-22 season is in jeopardy. The 10th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Collins was considered a relatively high-upside prospect after a pair of encouraging seasons to begin his career, but as the injuries continue to pile up, it's difficult to gauge how he'll be valued as he enters free agency this summer. Collins' last appearance in an NBA game came in the Blazers' final seeding game in the Orlando bubble (Aug. 15) prior to the start of the 2020 postseason.
Collins (ankle) remains out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Nuggets, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Collins got his cast removed in early February, but it still remains unclear if the big man will be available for the playoffs in any capacity since the team has been quiet about his rehab. Fantasy managers drafting for a postseason league should operate under the assumption that he won't play.
Collins (ankle) will remain out for Saturday's game against the Pistons, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Collins had his cast removed from his surgically-repaired left ankle in early February, but the big man remains without a clear timeline for making his 2020-21 debut. According to Jack Winter of SI.com, the Trail Blazers reportedly have some hope that Collins could be available for the playoffs, if not the final couple weeks of the regular season, which concludes May 16. Given Collins' lengthy layoff, the Trail Blazers likely won't be counting on him to play major minutes whenever he returns.
Collins had the cast on his surgically repaired left ankle removed Tuesday, Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.
After making limited progress in his recovery from the initial surgery he required Sept. 1 for the ankle he injured at the 2019-20 season restart in Orlando, Collins underwent a second procedure Dec. 30. He's spent the past five weeks recovering from surgery at his home in Las Vegas, but now that his cast has been removed, he'll return to Portland to begin his rehabilitation process in earnest. Collins said Tuesday that his estimated timeline for a return from the second surgery is 4-to-6 months, so don't expect him to make his 2020-21 debut until after the All-Star break, if he isn't sidelined for the season entirely.
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.
Collins is questionable to return to Saturday's play-in game against the Grizzlies due to left ankle inflammation.
Collins played just seven minutes before leaving the court due to the injury. Wenyen Gabriel is absorbing much of Collins' workload.
Collins will start at power forward next to Jusuf Nurkic during Friday's restart opener against the Grizzlies, Aaron J. Fentress of The Oregonian reports.
There was some buzz that Collins may come off the bench while Nurkic and Hassan Whitside started together, but coach Terry Stotts will opt for the spacing Collins provides. Friday's contest marks Collins' first game since Oct. 27. Last season, when he saw at least 24 minutes, he averaged 10.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.6 assists.
Collins had seven points (2-5 FG, 0-2 3PT, 3-4 FT) and five rebounds in Sunday's scrimmage against Toronto.
The bigger news was that Collins moved to the bench, while coach Terry Stotts went with both Hassan Whiteside and Jusuf Nurkic in the starting lineup up front. It's unclear which alignment the Blazers will use during the seeding games, but the Collins vs. Whiteside battle will be one to monitor in the coming days.
Collins picked up six points (3-5 FG), four rebounds, a block and an assist in Thursday's scrimmage against the Pacers.
Seeing his first action since early in the regular season, Collins got the start at power forward and played just under 20 minutes, as was the case for the rest of Portland's starting five.
Blazers guard Damian Lillard said on a call Wednesday that he expects Collins to be in the starting lineup when the season resumes in Orlando, Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report reports.
Collins hasn't played since injuring his shoulder back in October, but he's been deemed fully healthy, and the face of the franchise sees him as the starter at power forward. The implication is that Jusuf Nurkic (leg) would take over for Hassan Whiteside at center, while Carmelo Anthony would likely start at small forward after Trevor Ariza opted out of playing in Orlando. For what it's worth, coach Terry Stotts did note that he hasn't ruled out starting Nurkic and Whiteside together.
Collins (shoulder) has been deemed fully healthy and can resume full basketball activities, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
There was news earlier in June indicating that Collins was healthy, but this is further confirmation that he'll be a true participant in the Trail Blazers' resumed season. Collins concedes that his conditioning may not be up to NBA standards, but that will likely be the case for many, if not most, players around the league. It's not immediately clear what role he will play considering Jusuf Nurkic is healthy and will be sharing center minutes with Hassan Whiteside, and Carmelo Anthony is taking up starter's minutes at power forward. Regardless, whatever capacity Collins sees the floor in, he provides a unique three-and-D skillset in the frontcourt.
Collins (shoulder) has healed from his injury and is expected to play once the season resumes, Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.
Collins dislocated his shoulder during the third game of the season, leaving a gap at power forward that Carmelo Anthony eventually filled. The three-and-D big man gives the Blazers a unique set of choices in terms of lineup configuration.
Collins said in a recent interview that he's "on the right track" with his recovery from left shoulder surgery and noted that he hasn't experienced any setbacks in his rehab, Chris Burkhardt of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Before the NBA suspended its season March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Collins had been eyeing a potential return during the postseason. Because teams haven't been holding practices during the shutdown, Collins hasn't had the opportunity to test out his shoulder in full-contract drills on the court, but he's likely to do so at some point in May, when clubs are expected to reopen their facilities. If Collins checks out well during his initial workouts, he could be ready to contribute whenever the season resumes.
Coach Terry Stotts said Monday that while Collins (shoulder) has resumed on-court work, the big man is "not even close to being ready for a full practice," Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Collins has been sidelined since late October after requiring surgery to address a dislocated left shoulder, missing each of the Blazers' last 63 games before the NBA officially suspended its season Wednesday. Though commissioner Adam Silver confirmed Thursday that the league's hiatus is likely to last at least 30 days, Stotts' comment suggest that Collins may not be a lock to be ready to play if the NBA returns to action as early as mid-April. Since Collins was shut down following the Blazers' third game of the season, Carmelo Anthony has taken over as the club's starting power forward.
Collins (shoulder) said last week that he remains optimistic he'll be cleared to play shortly after being re-evaluated in early March, Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian reports. "There's always going to be that feeling, that competitive itch, you always want to play," Collins said. "Not being able to play sucks, but I'm just trying to make the most of it. Hopefully, I get back out there soon."
After claiming the Trail Blazers' starting power forward job out of the preseason, Collins lasted just three games before dislocating his left shoulder Oct. 27 and requiring surgery. Collins took a small step forward last week by doing limited shooting and dribbling drills for the first time in two and a half months, but he still has multiple hurdles in the recovery process to clear before a return to game action can be considered imminent. After cycling through Mario Hezonja and Nassir Little as replacements in the lineup for Collins, Portland ultimately signed Carmelo Anthony in late November to fill the void on the top unit.
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