OKLAHOMA CITY – Just before 1:00pm CT, the Portland Trail Blazers announced their injury report, which included the status of CJ McCollum, who is out dealing with his left ankle sprain.
But, the injury report did not include Gary Trent Jr., even though the back-up shooting guard left Friday night’s game in Dallas in the final period due to an illness. He even received an IV after the game.
It seemed crazy to think that someone that ill could turn 180 degrees and be feeling so much better that he'd able to suit up and play the following day in Oklahoma City.
But, then the reports of a trade involving the Trail Blazers surfaced just before 4:00pm CT.
And then, it made so much more sense why Trent Jr. was not listed on the injury report.
The Blazers are reportedly trading Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver and two second-round picks to the Sacramento Kings for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan, leaving Portland with just eight players who are still with the team and "healthy" enough to suit up.
Since the trade hasn’t even been made official yet and the players will still have to pass physicals, the newest Trail Blazers will most likely not be with the team until the Blazers get back to Portland, Sunday at the earliest.
Eight players suiting up is the league minimum.
And that's where the Blazers are at, exactly.
The eight players currently available on the Blazers active roster who are on this trip:
- Damian Lillard
- Carmelo Anthony
- Hassan Whiteside
- Anfernee Simons
- Nassir Little
- Gary Trent Jr.
- Mario Hezonja
- Jaylen Hoard (two-way player who is currently with the team)
The Trail Blazers have not called up their second two-way player Moses Brown, who is still with the Texas Legends.
Portland has already been short-handed this season, but Saturday night in OKC will be the absolute minimum.
Wouldn't it be crazy if they were forced to put Jusuf Nurkic in uniform? It almost certainly won't happen. But, that's where things are at.