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Blazers Exercise Options on CJ McCollum, Mason Plumlee, and Noah Vonleh

The Portland Trail Blazers have announced that they have picked up the options on three core players for the future.

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On Wednesday morning, the Portland Trail Blazers exercised their fourth year team options on guard CJ McCollum and center Mason Plumlee, as well as their third year option on forward Noah Vonleh.

McCollum, 24, was selected by the Trail Blazers with the 10th overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft. He has dealt with injuries much of his young career, but made visible strides when healthy last season, most notably against the Memphis Grizzlies in the playoffs, where he became the first Trail Blazer ever to bury seven 3-pointers in a playoff game, en route to a career-high 33 points.

Plumlee, 25, was selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the 22nd overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft. The Trail Blazers acquired him and Pat Connaughton via trade on draft night 2015 in exchange for Steve Blake and the first round pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Last season, Plumlee averaged 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds through 45 starts for the Nets. He is anticipated to join the Trail Blazers starting unit in an even bigger role this season.

Vonleh, 20, was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 9th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. The Trail Blazers acquired him and Gerald Henderson via trade the day before the 2015 draft in exchange for Nicolas Batum. After missing out on opportunities to perform in Charlotte, he joins a young and crowded Portland frontcourt, where he will have the chance to earn a real rotation spot.