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Blazers big man Zach Collins is expected to be ready for game action in mid-January

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The NBA's shortened offseason means the league is hoping to have the 2021-22 season back on track with more of a ‘regular’ NBA start time in early fall. 

But that also means Trail Blazers big man Zach Collins won’t have as much time to rehab.

The NBA had targeted a Jan. start time and there were even rumors swirling that the 2020-21 season wouldn't tip-off until early spring.

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But now with the Dec. 22 start date, it sounds like Collins won’t quite be ready to go.

The 23-year-old power forward/center underwent successful season-ending surgery to address the left ankle injury he suffered on Aug. 15 during the NBA restart.

Collins’ rehab has been progressing, but we shouldn’t expect to see him until a few weeks into the season.  

He’s in here working out everyday, but his timeline is probably closer to the second or third week of Jan. than it is to opening night.

Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said Monday

Collins is currently in Portland working out and continuing to rehab his ankle.

 

NBCSNW has learned that he is still limited on the court; however, the Blazers have not had any five-on-five scrimmages or any contact yet due to COVID-19 protocols.

Injuries have not been kind to the Gonzaga alum after starting out last season needing shoulder surgery after just three games played.

And thus, he played in a total of 11 regular-season games last season.

During his second year in the league in the 2018-19 season, Collins averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds appearing in 77 regular-season games.

Big Z is looking to put the injuries behind him and that means not rushing back too soon.