The Portland Trail Blazers announced on Wednesday that forward Noah Vonleh underwent a successful procedure on his right thigh. The operation was to remove a bone fragment while the expected recovery time is three-to-four weeks, meaning that Vonleh should be healthy and ready to roll once training camp gets underway in late September.
Portland acquired Vonleh along with guard Gerald Henderson from the Charlotte Hornets in June 2015 in exchange for forward Nicolas Batum. Charlotte had drafted Vonleh with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft after one season at the University of Indiana.
The 6-9 big man appeared in just 25 games as a rookie with the Hornets and averaged 3.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 10.4 minutes a night. His role with the Trail Blazers last season wasn’t huge (just over 15 minutes per game), but he did appear in 78 games, starting 56.
He averaged 3.6 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Vonleh just turned 21 last week and the Blazers are hopeful that he can live up to the lofty expectations set for him coming out of college. He was a two-way terror during his lone collegiate season when he averaged 11.3 points, nine rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 30 games. He also connected on a blistering 48.5 percent of his three-point attempts, making him a rare shot-blocking threat that can also step out and shoot from the outside.
Portland made a surprising run to the second-round of the playoffs last season despite having lost four starters from the 2014-2015 campaign. The Trail Blazers opted to keep much of the same core intact this summer, re-signing the likes of Allen Crabbe, Moe Harkless and C.J. McCollum to lucrative deals. They also inked Evan Turner to a $75 million contract and lured center Festus Ezeli away from the Golden State Warriors on a two-year, $16 million pact.