Zach Collins, now with the San Antonio Spurs, appears to be getting closer to a return after a hellish two years battling injury.
Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express reported the former Portland Trail Blazers big man was expected to make his debut after Christmas.
Pop says the last he’s heard from medical staff is that the timeline for Zach Collins (ankle) to return is “after Christmas.” He added that he’s not sure what that means exactly. But it is a positive report, though, for a young player who has been through a lot injury-wise.— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) October 2, 2021
The 23-year-old also missed most of the 2019-20 season due to an injury to his left shoulder, which he also had surgery to repair. He only played in 11 games that season.
Collins signed a three-year, $22 million deal with the Spurs this offseason; however, only a portion is guaranteed.
The Blazers dealt two first round picks to snag Collins with the 10th selection in the 2017 draft. He went on to play 154 games over four seasons with the Blazers, averaging 5.7 points, 4 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.7 blocks.