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Blazers’ CJ McCollum believes NBA season will resume

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Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum believes the 2019-20 NBA season will resume eventually.

McCollum says he’s currently on standby and doesn’t know if he’s going to be staying in Portland or heading back to Ohio.

The NBA suspended the season on Wednesday after Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. His teammate, fellow All-Star Donovan Mitchell, tested positive as well.

“I’m not even sure what the travel situation is like,” CJ McCollum told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “We’re on standby. I don’t know (Blazers) practice schedules. I have no idea what is going on. But I will be [in Portland] for a little while. My great uncle actually just passed away, so I probably will have to go home for the funeral.

The Undefeated: Are you hopeful that this NBA season will resume?

McCollum: “I think it will, but health and safety is and should be our main priority going forward.”

McCollum and the Blazers have 16 games left in the regular season. There are some people around the NBA expressing optimism that the season could continue as late as August.

CJ is once again having another stellar season for the Blazers. The 28-year-old is averaging 22.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from beyond the arc and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The Blazers are 29-37. They are in ninth place in the Western Conference standings. If the season does start again, the Blazers will be 3.5 games back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff spot out West.