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Blazers Trade CJ McCollum To Pelicans

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  • Blazers Trade CJ McCollum To Pelicans

    The New Orleans Pelicans have acquired guard CJ McCollum from the Portland Trail Blazers, the teams announced Tuesday.

    The Pelicans are sending out guards Josh Hart, Tomas Satoransky, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Didi Louzada in the deal. New Orleans is also sending a protected first-round pick and two second-round picks to Portland. The first-round pick is No. 5 to 14 protected for 2022, and if it doesn't convey this year, the first-rounder kicks to the future for the Trail Blazers.

    Portland is also sending forwards Larry Nance Jr. and Tony Snell to New Orleans.

    McCollum, who is averaging 20.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds this season, gives the Pelicans a reliable backcourt option who can hit from long range.

    McCollum, who is 30, signed a three-year, $100 million extension in the summer of 2019 that took effect this season. He is set to be paid $33.3 million in 2022-23 and $35.8 million in 2023-24.

    Hart is having the best season of his five-year career averaging a career-high 13.4 points and 4.1 assists per game. He also has once again become one of the best rebounding guards in the league, with 7.8 boards per game.

    Hart signed a three-year contract with New Orleans in the offseason, but the structure of the deal made him very tradable. Hart's $12.96 million in 2022-23 doesn't become guaranteed until June, and the same amount for 2023-24 is a player option.

    Alexander-Walker was the No. 17 pick in the 2019 NBA draft but has had an up-and-down tenure with New Orleans. Alexander-Walker has struggled from the field this season, shooting 37.5% and 31.1% from deep although he's been much better in his career when he has had a chance to start (33 starts: 42.2 FG%, 35.0 3P%).

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    I hope this helps the team but not very happy they let Josh Hart go.