After the Portland Trail Blazers declined to tender the qualifying offer on Zach Collins’ team option, the free agent big man has signed with the San Antonio Spurs, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The deal is for three years and $22 million, which works out to be slightly more than the $7 million the Blazers would have had to pay Collins in order to keep him.
Collins has struggled to stay healthy during his tenure in the NBA. Collins first fractured his left foot during a play-in game versus the Memphis Grizzlies in the Orlando bubble in 2020. The foot failed to heal despite surgical repair and required a revision. Following the revision, Collins revealed that he had refractured the foot. Collins underwent a second revision surgery to further repair his foot.
Collins missed the majority of the 2019-20 season after injuring his left shoulder, which he also had surgery to repair. He only appeared in 11 games in the 2019-20 season.
The Blazers drafted Collins with the tenth pick in 2017.
We here at Blazer’s Edge wish him well on the next part of his journey.