Trail Blazers’ forward Noah Vonleh has suffered a right shoulder strain that will keep him out of training camp and likely the first two weeks of the regular season, CSN has learned.
Entering his fourth NBA season, Vonleh is one of the Blazers' better defenders and he was expected to be in the mix for the Blazers’ starting power forward spot.
He suffered the injury Sept. 7 during pickup games at the team’s practice facility. The injury will not require surgery.
Last season, Vonleh averaged 4.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 74 games, including 41 starts.
A 6-foot-10, 240-pounder, Vonleh was the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by Charlotte and acquired by Portland with Gerald Henderson in a June 2015 trade that sent Nicolas Batum to Hornets.
The Blazers’ at power forward could turn to Al-Farouq Aminu, who started at times last season, or rookie Caleb Swanigan. They could also shift Ed Davis or Meyers Leonard from center or Maurice Harkless from small forward.
The Blazers open training camp on Tuesday. The season opens Oct. 17 at Phoenix.