CJ McCollum Rumors

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CJ McCollum
Position: G
Born: 09/19/91
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:192 lbs. / 87.1 kg.
Salary: $2,525,160
If you tune into Rip City Radio 620 AM during a Trail Blazers game, you’ll likely hear Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey discussing at some point the play of Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum. Such was the case Friday night, as McCollum put up 26 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and 10-of-10 shooting from the free throw line in Portland’s 101-100 loss to the Grizzlies in Memphis. If you were listening to the game on the AM dial, you’d know McCollum’s play down the stretch, and particularly late in the fourth quarter, was one of the main reasons the Trail Blazers were a Zach Randolph putback with 0.6 seconds to play in regulation away from a rare victory in Memphis.
“Playlist” isn’t McCollum’s first foray into radio — he had a show on SiriusXM’s NBA channel last year and still has a relationship with the satellite radio station — though the format and topics trend much more toward his life off the court, which was a purposeful decision for the third-year guard out of Lehigh. “My agency does a good job of meeting my demands,” said McCollum. “I told them that it was time to take it to the next level and they did a good job reaching out to some different organizations that would be interested in giving me more freedom on a radio show. I’m still partnered up with Sirius so I still have a contract with them but they give me freedom to do other stuff. I signed a deal with iHeartRadio and part of the thing was they wanted to do something outside of basketball.”
So he’s willing to afford long stretches when he defers to a hot CJ McCollum. He’s willing to risk some turnovers to discover what kind of bounce passes he can make to Mason Plumlee inside. Willing to sacrifice a couple of fourth quarter opportunities to see if Al-Farouq Aminu can be a big-shot maker late in games. “I mean, the thing is, for me it’s also a process,’’ Lillard said. “I went from being on a team with guys who I’ve played with to now having to learn how to make guys better and pick my spots when I need to attack and be more aggressive. It is a process and I’ve been able to get things done while feeling it out and playing.’’