The Portland Trail Blazers made multiple notable moves in the offseason, including their acquisition of Larry Nance Jr.
The Blazers were part of the three-team Lauri Markkanen trade last week, where they parted ways with Derrick Jones Jr. and a lottery-protected first-round pick to haul in Nance from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
CJ McCollum is much looking forward to playing alongside Nance, especially as he sees that the sixth-year forward can offer versatility to Portland on both ends of the floor.
During his “Pull Up with CJ McCollum” podcast, the Blazers guard shared some insight on what Nance will bring to the team this upcoming season.
“A guy who can do a little bit of everything,” McCollum said. “He’s smart. He can play the pick and roll. He can also defend the rim, he can defend on the perimeter, he can shoot — I think he shot at least 36 percent from three the last few seasons. He’s obviously a guy that can finish around the basket.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how he can continue to help us to take that next step. He’s definitely a value add. He’s definitely a guy that understands how to play the game — knows what needs to be done in order to win.”
McCollum also wished Jones well in his upcoming run with the Bulls.
“Shout-out to my guy Derrick Jones Jr,” McCollum said. “Great year with you. I’m sure we’ll be friends for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, DJ is going to a situation where he’ll be able to play, show his game, and be able to continue to evolve based on what he’s been able to accomplish up to this point.”
For Nance, he is coming off a season where he posted a 9.3 points per game average and shot 47.1 percent. His versatility may see him earn playing time minutes with the Blazers at the three and four spots this upcoming season.