Pelicans guard McCollum out with another collapsed lung

Agence France-Presse
Pelicans guard McCollum out with another collapsed lung
CJ McCollum of the New Orleans Pelicans during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum on October 25, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee.
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WASHINGTON – New Orleans Pelicans guard C.J. McCollum has been diagnosed with a small right lung collapse, the NBA team announced Sunday (Monday Manila time), marking his second such situation in the past two years.

The Pelicans said medical imaging taken Sunday morning revealed a small "pneumothorax" — where air leaks into the space between the lung and chest wall to collapse the lung.

Additional examinations will be performed in the next 48 hours to determine the progress of healing, the Pelicans said, with more information to follow those results.

The 32-year-old American shooting guard also was diagnosed with a pneumothorax in December 2021 while he was playing for the Portland Trail Blazers. He was sidelined for about six weeks.

So far this season, McCollum has averaged 21.7 points, 5.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds a game for the Pelicans.

McCollum was the 10th overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft by Portland and in 2016 was named the NBA's Most Improved Player.

McCollum was traded to the Pelicans in February 2022 in a deal involving seven players and three draft picks. He agreed on a two-year contract extension in September 2022 worth $64 million.

Last year marked the first season in his career that McCollum missed the NBA playoffs.

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