The Portland Trail Blazers announced that they've sent rookie guard C.J. McCollum to the Idaho Stampede, their D-League affiliate. McCollum, who is recovering from a broken bone in his foot, will join the Stampede on Wednesday and should be available to play in a game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Friday.
McCollum, who has yet to play a game in the NBA, participated in the summer league and averaged 22 points, four rebounds and three assists per game before suffering a broken foot in training camp. He was only cleared to practice on Dec. 20.
It was the second time McCollum's fifth metatarsal bone had broke in the past year -- he missed the majority of the 2012-13 college basketball season at Lehigh with the same injury.
It's unclear how long the 6'3 guard and 10th overall draft pick will remain in Boise, Idaho, but when he's able to return to the Blazers he will have his work cut out for him to join the rotation. Portland is tied for second place in the Western Conference with a record of 25-7, and has successfully used a guard rotation of Damian Lillard, Wes Matthews and Mo Williams.