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Trail Blazers Share Encouraging News On CJ McCollum

CJ McCollum stands with his hands on his hips.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - NOVEMBER 29: CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers in action during a game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on November 29, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum was ruled out indefinitely last week with pneumothorax - or a collapsed lung - becoming just the latest injured player for the organization to deal with this season.

But, just eight days later, the Blazers had some positive news to share.

Portland announced on Wednesday that McCollum "continues to show improvement" in his recovery from the collapsed lung. The Blazers will move ahead with the veteran guard's recovery protocol and will reevaluate him next week.

In the meantime, McCollum will not travel on the team's upcoming road trip to Memphis and New Orleans.

McCollum, 30, had been in the midst of another strong year in Portland. In 24 games, all of which he started, the 2016 Most Improved Player of the Year averaged 20.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting 42.9 percent from the floor and 39.3 percent from three.

Since suffering from pneumothorax, McCollum has missed Portland's last four contests.

The Blazers have struggled to stay healthy through the first 28 games of the season. Prior to losing McCollum last week, Portland had been without Damian Lillard (abdominal) for over a week. Both guards missed games against the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 6 and the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 8.

The Blazers have lost six in a row while McCollum and Lillard have battled injuries. Now 11-17 on the year and out of the Western Conference playoff picture, Portland has started to re-emerge as a hub for hypothetical trades discussions.

The Blazers have maintained that they plan to compete with the current roster, but can only do so if their best players are healthy and out on the floor.

With Wednesday's McCollum update, that appears to be a possibility in the near future.