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The Portland Trail Blazers have been without Shaedon Sharpe for the past thirteen games and will remain without him for the foreseeable future.
After suffering an abdominal injury in a Jan. 11th contest at Oklahoma City, Sharpe initially was rehabbing well and began ramping up basketball activities per a team press release on Jan. 31st.
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Tuesday, the team issued another release, saying Sharpe has suffered a setback and needs surgery.
“During Sharpe’s ramp up in basketball activities to return to play, he experienced worsening of his symptoms,” the team said in its press release. “Due to his lack of progression, it has been determined that Sharpe will undergo corrective surgery to address a core muscle injury. Surgery is tentatively planned for later this week.”
Following surgery, the Blazers say a timeline to return to play will be determined.
In 32 games played this season, Sharpe is averaging 15.9 points on 40.6% shooting and 33.3% shooting from 3-point range. He is averaging 5 rebounds per game along with 2.9 assists, 1.4 turnovers, 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocks.
The Trail Blazers are 15-35 overall, the fifth-worst record in the NBA. They also have rights to the Golden State Warriors first-round pick in this year’s NBA draft provided it is not a top-3 selection. The Warriors are 22-25, currently the 11th-worst record in the league.
The NBA trade deadline is this Thursday, Feb. 8th at 12:00 p.m. PST.
The Blazers are next in action after the deadline, hosting the Detroit Pistons at 7:00 p.m. at Moda Center.