Trail Blazers’ Scoot Henderson trending toward returning from injury

Portland Trail Blazers rookie Scoot Henderson is progressing toward returning to the lineup after missing most of November with a right ankle injury.

The Trail Blazers on Tuesday assigned Henderson to their G League affiliate, the Rip City Remix, for return-to-court conditioning. Henderson participated with the Remix in practice and was recalled to the Trail Blazers following the session.

Coach Chauncey Billups said on Sunday that the team was hopeful Henderson would be available to return this week. He was ruled out of playing on Tuesday versus the Phoenix Suns but could be cleared to play later in the week.

Henderson hasn’t played since sustaining the injury on Nov. 1 in a win over the Detroit Pistons. The team announced on Nov. 11 that Henderson would miss 2-3 additional weeks after dealing with bone bruising, in addition to the ankle sprain.

The Trail Blazers, who have lost seven straight games, have dealt with several injuries to start the year. Anfernee Simons (thumb), Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) and Robert Williams III (knee) have all missed time. Brogdon was cleared to return on Tuesday.

Henderson is averaging 8.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.2 rebounds on 34.6% shooting from the field in five starts this season. He has finished in double figures three times and scored a season-high 11 points in each game.

Story originally appeared on Rookie Wire