– Ish Wainright will miss four to six weeks due to an MCL sprain in his left knee
– Wainright was claimed off waivers last month and has appeared in two games for the Trail Blazers this season
– The Portland Trail Blazers hold 29th-ranked odds to win the championship this season
OFFICIAL: An MRI conducted on Trail Blazers forward Ish Wainright revealed an MCL sprain in the left knee.
Wainright is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
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Portland Trail Blazers forward Ish Wainright has been sidelined for four to six weeks after an MRI revealed an MCL sprain in his left knee. The 6-foot-6 wing, who is 29 years old, had been claimed off waivers by the Blazers last month and has played in just two games with the team this season. Though his absence will be felt by the Blazers, they are holding out hope for his return.
Wainright’s professional basketball career began when he went undrafted out of Baylor University in 2017. This led him to play overseas for four years before he signed a two-year non-guaranteed deal with the Toronto Raptors. However, he was eventually waived by the Raptors and signed a two-way contract with the Phoenix Suns. Then, ahead of the 2023-24 season, the Suns chose to waive Wainright. Despite initially planning to offer him a new contract, it never came to fruition.
During his time with the Suns, Wainright made 60 appearances and two starts. In his sophomore season, he averaged career-highs of 4.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 15.3 minutes per game. Unfortunately, his time with the Blazers this season has been cut short due to his injury, leaving the team to navigate through the season without him for the time being.
Although Wainright’s absence is a loss for the Blazers, they’ll have to press on without him. “Blazers fall to 1-2 in Tournament group play and their point differential drops by 12, March 18, 2023. Meanwhile, the team’s hopes are still alive as they hold out for his return.