Portland Trail Blazers Rumors
“CJ is a foundational player and an essential member of the core of this team,” said Neil Olshey. “We are excited about his long term commitment to our organization”
“I’m ecstatic to be able to extend my career in Portland and grateful for the trust and the opportunity the organization has provided for me,” said McCollum. “Since I arrived in Oregon I’ve considered it home and look forward to building something special, not only on the court, but in the community as well.”
CJ McCollum on when he found out that the extension was in the works.. “I found out a little while ago that we were in talks, we were discussing an extension this summer. I actually flew out to Las Vegas for a photo shoot with Nike around the time the Select Team was out there and my agent told me not to fly back to the east coast because I was supposed to fly back to Philly to watch my brother’s 3v3 tournament game. So once he told me to fly back to Oregon I had a pretty good idea things were going to be finalized shortly.”
On why he didn’t hold out for any player options or trade kickers in his extension… “I love the city and I’m happy here. I’ve actually been looking for homes since my rookie year but I was not going to buy because I’m a business man and I think it’s important you have a secure situation before you begin to make expensive purchases such as purchasing real estate. But I told my agent I like it here and I’m content. I like the situation I’m in, I like the staff and I’m happy to be here with no outs, no trade kickers, ect. I want to be here and I told him that. So I said ‘Do what you’ve got to do to get it done and have me here long term.’”
“Market value is what it is it. All I care about is that I know I’m playing to my fullest potential for my coaches to my teammates, that people believe in that… back to the four years and $41 million, I’d look at them like they’re crazy if they say it wasn’t enough. I mean, dear God, look at where I come from.” Leonard talked candidly about who he regards as the best shooting big men in the league, and why he thinks he is going to be an impact player. It’s difficult not to root for the guy.