First bomb of the week for the NBA planet, with the departure of CJ McCollum from the Blazers. The latter will no longer have the chance to evolve alongside Damian Lillard, thus ending a duo that we have known for many, many years. The back will not go far, since he remains in the Western Conference.
We suspected it for a few days, but the Blazers were at the dawn of a major cleaning within their roster. They’ve already sent Norman Powell to the Clippers side, prompting mockery from fans. The front office has mismanaged its blow over the years, and decided to shake up the roster a little more this Tuesday.
CJ McCollum moves and stays West!
We just learned thanks to information from Shams Charania: CJ McCollum is no longer a Blazers player. He has just been traded to New Orleans for a deal around Josh Hart. It seems very low for the scoring back, who no longer enjoys a big rating in the NBA.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2022
The New Orleans Pelicans finalize a deal to acquire Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum for a package centered around Josh Hart and draft compensation.
Hart will be accompanied by Nickeil Alexander-Walker in this package, as will Tomas Satoransky: we feel that Portland is embarking on a long process of reconstruction, which may not please Damian Lillard. Will the latter want to leave in turn? The soap opera of the summer is here, because it is hard to see Dame Dolla wasting the last years of her bonus in a team with no great short-term future…
In any case, the McCollum/Lillard duo, on our screens since 2013, no longer exists.
End of an era pic.twitter.com/eWx3TAGmgd
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) February 8, 2022
The end of an era
CJ McCollum is no longer a Blazer, he who will relaunch with the Pelicans in the hope of reaching the playoffs. A real admission of failure for Portland, which is turning the page after years of stagnation. Damian Lillard may be next.