Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum isn’t going anywhere after signing a contract extension to keep him in Portland until 2024. Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo gave the extension an A-, liking what McCollum brings to the Blazers’ roster:
McCollum has evolved into a truly dynamic scorer, developing into a threat on and off the ball and a strong partner for Lillard. He’s been tied in trade rumors in the past, but as it stands, he’s a pretty tough cover, and someone as comfortable leading a bench unit as he is complementing Lillard in crunch time. It’s a testament to his flexibility and willingness to get the job done, and after last season’s conference finals run, Portland should feel even better about the price tag. He’s uniquely valuable to their organization, with real equity in what they’ve built, and at some point in this process, the dollar amounts start to matter less when the circumstances feel right. McCollum’s value to the Blazers goes beyond his counting stats, and his new contract represents that. It’s a tall price, but at least Portland knows exactly what it’s getting.
McCollum appeared in 70 games for Portland last season, averaging 21 ppg on almost 46% from the field and 37.5% from deep.
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