Portland Trail Blazers starting power forward Zach Collins underwent shoulder surgery to repair his left labrum on Tuesday, November 5th. The third-year big was poised for a breakout season after joining the starting rotation, but is now expected to “be re-evaluated in four months,” according to the Blazers’ press release.
Collins dislocated the shoulder in the third quarter of Portland’s win against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, October 27th. He showed signs of discomfort immediately, removing himself from the game and heading to the locker room.
Portland will have to rely on Anthony Tolliver, Mario Hezonja, and Skal Labissiere to pick up the slack of Collins’ absence. Tolliver has been starting in Collins’ place so far, but Portland may need some extra help in the frontcourt, even if they are already deep into the luxury tax.
The Blazers are thin at the forward and center positions as is. Starting center Jusuf Nurkic is out for most of the season with a broken leg and veteran Pau Gasol has yet to see the court after toe issues from last May.
Collins was averaging 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists on 55.3 eFG% in just under 29 minutes per game this season.