CJ McCollum Diagnosed With Collapsed Lung

Medical imaging has revealed that star guard CJ McCollum recently suffered a small collapsed right lung, the Pelicans announced in a press release. The team will assess him across the ensuing two days to evaluate his recovery and will issue an update after that 48-hour period.

The 6’3″ veteran had been enjoying a prolific start for the 4-2 Pelicans. Across his five games in 2023/24 so far, he had been averaging 21.7 PPG on .440/.380/.742 shooting, along with 5.7 APG, 4.8 RPG, 1.5 SPG and 0.8 BPG.

Injury issues sank New Orleans’ season last year. After initially emerging as one of the top clubs in the West, the team nosedived through the standings following major injuries to star forwards Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.

Though both those players are currently healthy, McCollum joins a growing list of rotational guards and wings who are currently sidelined.

Point guard Jose Alvarado is still recovering from a right ankle sprain that he suffered right before the start of the season. Small forward Naji Marshall is set to be reassessed in two weeks as he works his way back from a knee issue. Wing Trey Murphy III will also be out for the foreseeable future as he continues to recuperate from surgery on a torn left meniscus.

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