C.J. McCollum will be available to make his NBA debut on Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings, via Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com. Speculation over the past few days indicated that this would be McCollum's likely return date from his foot injury, with Chris Haynes of CSNNW reporting early Monday morning that the rookie had been told he would be active against Sacramento.
The combo guard has missed Portland's first 34 games after fracturing his foot in training camp. McCollum warmed up with a stint in the D-League, playing two games for the Idaho Stampede over the weekend. He played 17 minutes on Friday with the Stampede, scoring 13 points on 6-for-13 shooting, with six assists, six rebounds, two steals and three turnovers. Idaho ramped his minutes up to 24 on Saturday and McCollum managed 24 points on 11-for-23 shooting, plus one rebound, one assist, one steal and three turnovers.
In both games in the D-League, he came off the bench and played shooting guard, as the Blazers wanted him to simulate the role he would play in Portland.