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CJ McCollum’s cryptic response to Blazers trade rumors could be a foreshadowing

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CJ McCollum has been hounded with trade rumors all summer long. The 29-year-old has been linked to a move away from the Portland Trail Blazers as the team looks to give superstar Damian Lillard the help he needs to take the squad to the next level.

McCollum was once again asked to address the trade rumors, and as usual, the former Most Improved Player winner had a response that was far from definitive:

“I think the same way I always do, man,” McCollum said with a smile, via NBC Sports Northwest. “I control what I can control – continue to work on my game, continue to take advantage of my summers, try to improve… And show up and do your job.

“It’s going to be what it’s going to be at the end of the day. I’m happy in my situation. I’ve been able to continue to figure out ways to improve and help us make the playoffs eight straight years, six straight years as a starter and I look forward to the challenge of trying to get back to the playoffs this upcoming season.”

It seems like McCollum has gotten used to all the whispers by now and he has a ready-made response already. Nevertheless, what cannot be denied here is that CJ doesn’t sound all too confident about staying in Portland.

Damian Lillard isn’t going anywhere and the Blazers have to do something big to keep him happy. Could this come in the form of CJ McCollum’s departure? Only time can tell.