This Blazers-Pelicans Trade Is Centered Around CJ McCollum

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The New Orleans Pelicans are on the hunt for players to upgrade their roster around Zion Williamson. New Orleans has missed the NBA playoffs in three straight seasons and five out of the last six. That is something that needs to change if they want to keep Williamson around long-term.

There are already rumors that Williamson’s family does not want him in New Orleans any longer. That is something David Griffin has to change, or else he will be looking for a new job after already having to go through one superstar trade with Anthony Davis.

Making a splash is something that would certainly improve the team’s relationship with their star player. That would likely result in more wins for the team, which will usually mask some of the negativity going around.

The Portland Trail Blazers are another team that could use a shake-up and some options have been floated in trade rumors throughout the NBA offseason. They have been eliminated from the first round of the postseason in four of the last five years, resulting in Terry Stotts being replaced as head coach by Chauncey Billups.

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Two teams looking to shake things up can usually come together to make a deal. The Trail Blazers and Pelicans are a good match for a deal. While Damian Lillard has been mentioned as a possible trade target for New Orleans, they may be better off trading for his backcourt mate, CJ McCollum.

What could a Pelicans-Trail Blazers trade centered around McCollum look like? Let’s take a look at a hypothetical deal.