Noah Vonleh underwent a procedure to remove a bone fragment from his right thigh on Wednesday and could be sidelined for up to four weeks. The Blazers big man had a successful procedure and the recovery time puts him back right around when the team has media day and begins their training camp. Even with that target date running right up toward the start of training camp, you’d assume Vonleh might need to work on a little conditioning before being back to 100 percent on the court.
Portland Trail Blazers forward Noah Vonleh underwent a successful procedure to remove a bone fragment from his right thigh musculature today.
Dr. Evan Ellis performed the procedure at Rebound in Vancouver, Wash., and the expected recovery time is 3-4 weeks.
Vonleh is heading into his third NBA season after being the No. 9 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He played one season under Steve Clifford with the Hornets before being traded last summer in the deal that landed Nicolas Batum in Charlotte. He played just 25 games as a rookie, but managed to appear in 78 games — starting 56 of them — in his first season with the Blazers.
Vonley, who averaged 3.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 15.1 minutes, should have plenty of competition for playing time this season. The Blazers have Mason Plumlee and Ed Davis, not to mention Al-Farouq Aminu, whom they like to throw into some stretch-4 duties from time to time. They also signed Festus Ezeli away from the Golden State Warriors this summer. It was announced last week that Ezeli will be out for six weeks after undergoing an injection procedure in his left knee.
Source: CBS Sports / Blazers’ Noah Vonleh has bone fragment removed from thigh, out 3-4 weeks