Blazers News: Portland Gets Terrible Update on Zach Collins Injury

The Portland Trail Blazers have received a terrible injury update regarding Zach Collins.
The Portland Trail Blazers have received a terrible injury update regarding Zach Collins. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The past seven months have not been kind to Portland Trail Blazers power forward/center Zach Collins. After he missed the entire 2020-21 NBA season with a fractured left foot, the Trail Blazers received a terrible injury update regarding the former 10th overall pick from 2017.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported on Tuesday that Collins' had re-fractured the same foot recently. The injury couldn't have happened at a worse time as the 23-year-old big man is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason.

Zach Collins Injury Update

Considering Collins will be a restricted free agent this summer, that means that the Trail Blazers do have a say in his future. The only thing now is to see if they like him enough to believe that he can fully heal from this latest setback.

Collins has spent most of his young career in a backup role, having just 12 starts in 154 games played. He averaged 7.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in the 2019-20 NBA season on .471/.368/.750 shooting splits, which put him on pace for a career year had he not ended up playing in just 11 games that campaign. Still, Collins has averaged 8.6 rebounds per 36 minutes over his last 88 games, which might be enticing enough for Portland to want to keep him around for another season.

After failing to make it beyond the first round for the fourth time in the last five years, the Trail Blazers will want to change up their roster this offseason. If they decide that Collins will be part of those plans, they have the option of sending him a qualifying offer of $7 million ahead of free agency.

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