After exiting in the first round for the fourth time in five seasons, the expectation is that the Portland Trail Blazers could see seismic shifts to their 2021-22 roster. CNBC Sports Insider Jabari Young highlighted a few of those potential moves, namely a trade involving Blazers guard CJ McCollum.
The soon-to-be 30-year-old guard with a $30 million price tag has garnered interest from a handful of teams according to Young.
But should he get his coaching wish, Lillard would still need to see the Blazers make moves to try and upgrade the roster, which was among the worst in the league on defense. A top asset like guard CJ McCollum could attract a healthy return. McCollum will make $30 million next season, part of a three-year extension.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were mentioned as one possible destination for McCollum. The San Antonio Spurs like McCollum, but his name hasn’t gained traction within their trade scenarios. A Western Conference executive floated the idea of the Clippers trading Paul George this summer if the team failed to meet expectations. Hence, a possible McCollum to the Clippers package. And if Miami can’t lure a Lillard deal, McCollum could be an option there, too.
McCollum is coming off his highest-scoring season (23.1), with the second-best efficiency marks of his career. Though, this was the lowest-scoring postseason run he’s had since 2015-16. Along with commentary on McCollum, Young offered insight on Neil Olshey’s job security and how the Blazers could go about satisfying Damian Lillard this offseason. The the entire story can be found here.