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CJ McCollum on Extension, New Additions to Blazers’ Roster

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McCollum answered questions on his extension and the team at his basketball camp in Beaverton.

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Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum inked a contract extension on Tuesday that will see him in a Blazer uniform through the 2023-24 season. McCollum spoke with some members of the media at his basketball camp in Beaverton about the big news (via Blazers digital reporter Casey Holdahl):

Growing up, did you ever think you’d sign a $100 million contract?

CJ McCollum: Well, this is two now. You forgot about the first one. But no, honestly. I was just trying to make it to the NBA, that was the goal. And then once I got here I was trying to stick and stay as long as I could, figure out a way to be successful, figure out a way to help my team win and be productive. I think I’ve done those things. It’s a real blessing to be here, it’s a testament to how I was raised, it’s a testament to work ethic. Also, the NBA has changed a lot since I was a kid to now. Even since I’ve been in the NBA, a lot has changed with the game. I’m thankful, I’ve worked extremely hard to be in this position. It’s nice to see the fruits of the labor pay off.

McCollum then talked about the roster’s new construction following this offseason:

The roster has changed since the end of last season. How do you like the team now?

CJ McCollum: I haven’t seen everybody yet. I worked out with (Kent Bazemore) this morning, been able to talk to him a little bit, even during the season some. I think we got some great pieces, hopefully we can everything together. Probably the first year in a long time where we have six, seven new players coming to the roster. Obviously we’ll get (Nurkić) back at some point this season, so that will be extremely helpful. We miss him, we missed him last year and we’ll miss him for this season until he comes back. But I think the additions, getting some shooting, getting a shot blocker, getting a guy who can finish around the basket, getting some key pieces that can fill certain roles, I think, will help us. But we’ll definitely miss the guys we lost.

McCollum also talked about Pau Gasol, withdrawing from Team USA, and why his basketball camp means so much to him. You can read about all of those things here.