Pelicans acquiring CJ McCollum in a trade that sends Josh Hart to Portland

Pelicans acquiring CJ McCollum in a trade that sends Josh Hart to Portland

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Pelicans acquiring CJ McCollum in a trade that sends Josh Hart to Portland

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Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
New Dunc’d On Prime: Sabonis/Haliburton and McCollum Trades with @Danny Leroux Join us for our special Trade Deadline sale PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Devonte’ Graham on CJ McCollum: “He’s got everything in his bag. Obviously, he’s a hell of a player. He’s going to bring extremely good offense and take a lot of pressure off B (Brandon Ingram) in those 1-on-1 situations.”…4:25 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
🏀 CJ McCollum trade reaction
🏀 Will James Harden get traded?
🏀 How the Raptors’ depth has led to a successful season
#TheMismatch with @Chris Vernon and @Kevin O’Connor:…4:21 PM
Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
The #Blazers roster rebuild efforts after the CJ McCollum trade are crushing the #Lakers hopes of landing Damian Lillard.
#LakeShow…4:13 PM
Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
Having already moved Norm Powell and CJ McCollum, Portland is still engaged in conversations with Detroit on acquiring forward Jerami Grant, sources said. – 3:57 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
How about @Kevin Pelton on the CJ McCollum deal ” Frankly, McCollum should have held negative trade value because of his contract. Instead, the Blazers are getting considerable positive value in return.”
@lockedonpels @LockedOnBlazers3:50 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Radio Roulette hotline is LIVE @TwitterSpaces, presented by @UnderdogFantasy.
• CJ McCollum trade
• Sabonis/Haliburton trade
• What’s on deck
Taking your (therapy) calls ⬇️…3:34 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Also, CJ McCollum posting some goodbye messages from teammates on his IG story: PM

Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Grades up for the trade sending CJ McCollum to New Orleans: (ESPN+) – 2:35 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
some initial, very reflexive thoughts on the pelicans trading for cj mccollum, portland’s direction, and the potential ripple effects of it all: PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Double (at least!) @FrontOfficeShow day today! @Trevor_Lane & I break down the big Blazers-Pelicans trade of C.J. McCollum. Then we get the giggles when we get surprised with the Sabonis-Haliburton, Pacers-Kings swap mid show! That video will be up soon! PM
David Locke @DLocke09
Points Gained of Traded Players
(Offensive Metric based on efficiency and possessions used — 3 players each year over 3, about 15 over 2.)
McCollum -.8 (+.2 last year, -1 in 19-20)
Nance Jr. +.3
Hart +1 (very good for G
Alexander-Walker -2.4 (2nd worst – 1:54 PM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Pelicans/Blazers trade details with @AnilGognaNBA of @NoTrade_Clause
NOP – adds McCollum, who will be the best offensive guard Ingram and Zion have played with in New Orleans
POR – adds young wing talent (Hart/NAW) and is now one of the few teams with significant ’22 cap space PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
The Pelicans trade for CJ McCollum! Instant grades and reaction podcast! And what does this mean for Lillard? The boys are torn.
🅰️: PM

Jusuf Nurkic @bosnianbeast27
There are friends, there is family, and then there are friends that become FAMILY💯 @CJ McCollum ❤️🙏🏻 #brother4life PM

Casey Holdahl @CHold
Going to enjoy a nice Jamba courtesy of @CJ McCollum1:12 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Trail Blazers trading C.J. McCollum, Larry Nance Jr. to Pelicans…1:10 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
The @LockedOnNetwork is all over the NBA Trade Deadline
Live show Thursday at Locked On NBA on @YouTube Thursday
NBA Insider @adaniels33 breaks down Caris Lavert trade –
Local Expert @lockedonpels breaks down CJ McCollum trade – PM
Bryan Kalbrosky @BryanKalbrosky
Josh Hart is averaging 3.3 PPG as the ballhandler in transition. That ranks fifth-best (trailing Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Ja Morant, Trae Young) in the NBA.
He was traded for CJ McCollum. But perhaps a real contender tries to steal him away. PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
A note on Josh Hart’s contract:
One of the more unique deals in the league.
21-22: $12M
22-23: $12.96M – non-guaranteed
23-24: $12.96M – player option + non-guaranteed
That last season is as close to an MLB mutual option as you’ll get in the NBA. – 12:13 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
The way Josh Hart goes all in on whatever team he is playing for is wonderful – 12:12 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard had six seasons in which they each averaged at least 20 PPG while playing 60% of their team’s games.
That’s the second-most such seasons in NBA history by a duo:
8 – Baylor & West
6 – Lillard & McCollum
5 – Bryant & O’Neal
5 – Curry & Thompson PM

David Locke @DLocke09
Local expert @Jake Madison on @lockedonpels makes a great point about the CJ McCollum to the Pelicans. The Pels had absolutley no off the dribble three point game and CJ brings that to the table PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
One other Josh Hart thing I just remembered: He was actually technically drafted by the Jazz No. 30 in 2017, and traded along with Thomas Bryant (No. 42) for Tony Bradley (No. 28). Another draft move that, in retrospect, did not really work out. – 12:08 PM
David MacKay @DavidMacKayNBA
To be honest, I’m just happy CJ McCollum is escaping the smoldering dumpster fire that is Portland right now. I will always support him. He’s going to miss Oregon wine country, though. – 11:58 AM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Included in the story: CJ McCollum made 2.1 pull-up 3s per game last season. Only 4 players averaged more: Dame, Steph, Harden and Luka.…11:56 AM
Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
This season, the Pelicans’ guards have combined for 21 20-point games, tied with the Pistons for the fewest in the NBA.
CJ McCollum has 19 20-point games this season and is averaging 20+ points for the 7th straight season. – 11:55 AM
Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
Damian Lillard-CJ McCollum record together
Regular season: 289-226 (.561)
Postseason: 19-38 (.333)
(via @Basketball-Reference ) – 11:50 AM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
I think CJ McCollum gets automatically put into safe jersey buy territory – 11:48 AM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
New Orleans gets the significant veteran guard it’s wanted: @CJ McCollum AM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
CJ McCollum is reportedly heading to the Big Easy!
@LegsESPN likes this deal for the #Pelicans #WBD AM

Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
The last time the Blazers had significant cap room, they gave out $400 million to McCollum, Evan Turner, Allen Crabbe, Mo Harkless, Meyers Leonard and Festus Ezeli. – 11:34 AM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Pelicans knew they needed to upgrade their back court. They did so by trading for a scorer who’s averaged 20+ 7 straight seasons. From an offensive standpoint, CJ McCollum is the most talented guard Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson have ever played with.…11:33 AM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
STORY: Pelicans are acquiring CJ McCollum, Larry Nance and Tony Snell from Portland for Josh Hart, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Tomas Satoransky and Didi Louzada and picks, sources tell @Adrian Wojnarowski…11:30 AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Blazers acquire Hart, Satoransky, Louzada, Walker-Alexander and three picks for McCollum…11:24 AM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
The Pelicans have landed a shooter + versatile big!
Needing to shore up the guard position & roster depth, New Orleans acquires CJ McCollum & Larry Nance Jr. from the Trail Blazers.
Trading Josh Hart hurts, but Nola fills several holes in one fell swoop. AM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Quick 2022-23 cap projections:
-NOP projects to be $7M under the tax for next season
-POR can create between $20M and $32M in cap space this summer, if they waive Eric Bledsoe and Josh Hart and the Pels pick doesn’t convey.
$16-20M if they keep Hart, pending the 2022 1st. – 11:18 AM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
With Pelicans moving Josh Hart to get C.J. McCollum, Pels will be without two players against Rockets tonight that played against them on Sunday. Imagine Jaxson Hayes back in starting lineup until McCollum gets here and Rockets in Wood-Sengun lineup again if Gordon’s out. – 11:14 AM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Going to seriously miss Josh Hart on this team. What an easy guy to root for AM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
From an OKC perspective, CJ McCollum to the Pelicans gives the Clippers more true competition for the play-in.
Play-in tourney is looking like the Clippers, Lakers, Wolves and now the Pelicans.
Ingram, Valanciunas, McCollum and Zion(?) isn’t an easy out. – 11:11 AM
Josh Hart @joshhart
❤️🖤🤍 – 11:11 AM
Josh Hart @joshhart
💙💛❤️ – 11:11 AM
Howard Chen @TheHoChen
There once was discussion/rumors about a CJ McCollum deal possibly fetching Ben Simmons. Now the Blazers are getting Josh Hart and youth for him. – 11:08 AM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Full trade, per sources:
Blazers: Josh Hart, Tomas Satoransky, Nickeil Walker-Alexander, Didi Louzada, 2022 protected first-round pick, two second-round picks.
Pelicans: CJ McCollum, Larry Nance, Tony Snell. – 11:08 AM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
This trade got a lot bigger. Theoretical Jazz targets Larry Nance Jr. and Josh Hart are both on the move. AM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
With CJ McCollum gone, is Damian Lillard next? – 11:06 AM
Michael Dugat @mdug
Unless they valued KP, the Mavs didn’t have the ammo to get McCollum … which is something I feel the FO (Cuban) should wear the blame for.
The cupboard is bare because the FO’s decisions left it so. – 11:06 AM
Synergy Sports Tech @SynergySST
CJ McCollum has shot an eFG% of 72% on open spot up jumpers, 50% on pull-ups, and 45% on floaters while posting an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.3 in the half court this season. – 11:01 AM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
This much is clear in Portland: Teams will be emboldened to pursue Damian Lillard in the offseason once the Blazers complete their expected trade of CJ McCollum to New Orleans. Can’t speak to Lillard’s intentions but he’ll be chased even harder now.
More: marcstein.substack.com10:57 AM
Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
Giving up Josh Hart is a tough pill to swallow. He does a lot of things that help the Pelicans win.
But this team was never going to succeed on a high level until it got an elite shooter. And I don’t know how else they were going to acquire one. This raises the ceiling. – 10:57 AM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs will see McCollum in his new digs next Thursday in the last game before ASB – 10:53 AM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
I don’t get the rumored CJ trade for Nola if Josh Hart is in it. Makes zero sense. Josh Hart is a winning player. I’d rather have Hart for 12m than CJ for 30m. (And I like CJ.) And NO would be throwing in picks too??? This is bad. – 10:45 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
The Pelicans are in a play in spot. This is their new starting five:
CJ McCollum
Brandon Ingram
Herb Jones
Zion Williamson
Jonas Valanciunas AM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Who knows how long Lillard will actually stay in Portland, but Josh Hart is a great fit alongside him, should Dame/the Blazers decide to stick it out. AK – 10:38 AM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
The Pelicans are 13-11 in their last 24 games. After adding CJ McCollum, they are clear favorites to be in the West’s top 10 for the postseason. POR, SAS, SAC, OKC and HOU — I can’t see any of them passing New Orleans. Spurs may be the only team trying to. – 10:34 AM
CJ McCollum trade: Pelicans finalizing deal to acquire guard from Blazers, per report…10:34 AM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
I need to know Jennifer’s thoughts on this C.J. McCollum trade. – 10:33 AM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Well, take C.J. McCollum off the potential Knicks trade list. Multiple reports Blazers are sending him to the Pelicans. – 10:31 AM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
On top of a career 39.6 3PT%, the addition of McCollum should help Pelicans offense in 3 key areas. Nola ranks poorly in pick-and-roll ball handler situations (27th), spot-up shooting (23rd) and isolation sets (30th).
CJ has usually exceled in all of those areas over his career. – 10:29 AM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
CJ McCollum mostly for Pelicans draft compensation? Seemed like there would be more of a payoff. But it also means McCollum not coming East. So there’s that. David Griffin couldn’t get Kyle Lowry, but now bolsters backcourt after basically letting Lonzo Ball walk. – 10:28 AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Pelicans acquiring CJ McCollum from Blazers for Hart and draft compensation…10:25 AM
Ryan McDonald @ryanwmcdonald
New Orleans has taken care of both “the Jazz need to break up Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors” and “the Blazers need to break up Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum” – 10:25 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
It’s going to have to be a LOT more than Josh Hart going to Portland to match salary in a trade for C.J. McCollum. I assume Tomas Satoransky will be in the deal, plus at least one or maybe two other players. – 10:20 AM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
The New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a deal to acquire Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum for a package around Josh Hart and draft compensation, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. – 10:19 AM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
CJ McCollum and the Pelicans is just one of those things that makes sense. The Pels have a big need for a player like McCollum AND he is actually available. – 10:18 AM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
The Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans are in serious discussions on a trade centered on guard CJ McCollum, sources tell ESPN. Talks are ongoing today. – 10:11 AM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Locked on Pelicans is live!
🏀 Could the Pelicans have gotten Norm Powell?
🏀 Do the Blazers have more or less leverage with McCollum after the trade
🏀 Caris LeVert trade impact
Watch on YouTube!
📺 AM

Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
Atlanta and New York have joined New Orleans in the bidding for CJ McCollum, sources said. Plus more details on Portland, Indiana, Sacramento, Boston, Milwaukee and others around the league in our latest @BR_NBA trade deadline notebook:…7:44 AM
Sean Highkin @highkin
If the Knicks do end up being the team that trades for CJ McCollum, his first game with them may well be . . . this coming Saturday in Portland. – 11:07 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Knicks now “legitimate trade suitor” for CJ McCollum…10:14 PM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Lowe Post podcast: @Ramona Shelburne and I on all things Harden/Simmons, then @Tim Bontemps on Cavs/Pacers trade, Toronto options, New Orleans/McCollum rumors, more:
Apple: PM
Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
As we approach the trade deadline, @Adrian Wojnarowski reports on teams’ interests in Jerami Grant and CJ McCollum: PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Trade Deadline is this Thursday! Catch up a bit on where the Pelicans stand leading up to it.
Trade Rumor Roundup:
Why the Pels need CJ McCollum: PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Knicks reportedly interested in CJ McCollum…1:32 PM
Josh Hart @joshhart
Ok someone is going to have to fully break down everything @RTFKTstudios is doing with CloneX and the Space/LootPods – 12:50 PM
Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner
You all sent in trade proposals for Ben Simmons, CJ McCollum, Marcus Smart, Derrick White and more. Some of them were good! Some of them were bad!
I break down those offers and talk about the interest in a few players ⬇️…12:17 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Opposing teams expect Knicks to check in on CJ McCollum ahead of trade deadline, as @Marc Stein said. POR had expressed interest in Jerami Grant; Teams expect NYK to continue to try to open up rotation spot for Cam Reddish ahead of deadline:…12:14 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.
What’s the latest on Ben Simmons, James Harden, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, CJ McCollum, De’Aaron Fox, Brad Beal, John Collins and Eric Gordon?
@Michael Scotto and I discuss all of the latest rumors here:…11:53 AM

More on this storyline

Jake Madison: This trade was pretty much finalized yesterday afternoon. Deal makes sense for the Pelicans now and next season -via Twitter @NOLAJake / February 8, 2022
With just over 48 hours standing before the NBA’s trade deadline, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is now the biggest name that league personnel expect to be dealt. New Orleans has long been considered the most active McCollum suitor, yet both New York and Atlanta have held recent discussions to acquire the veteran from Portland, sources told B/R. -via Bleacher Report / February 8, 2022

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