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RUMOR: Blazers guard CJ McCollum’s trade value, revealed

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It’s no secret that the Portland Trail Blazers are going to be shaking up their squad in the offseason. They’ve actually already begun with the firing of Terry Stotts. As it turns out, starting shooting guard CJ McCollum might just be the next domino piece to fall for the Blazers.

Portland team president Neil Olshey has already hinted at a possible trade for McCollum in the offseason. However, it doesn’t sound like the Blazers are going to get what they want in a potential McCollum trade.

According to The Athletic’s John Hollinger, McCollum is not exactly the most sought-after player in the league today — especially considering how much he’s set to earn over the next few years. As a matter of fact, “most of the league sees him as a slightly negative value at that money.”

McCollum’s new deal will start next season, which has him set up to pocket $100 million over the next three seasons. That’s an average of roughly $33.3 million per year, which is way over Hollinger’s estimated value of $26.6 million next seasons for McCollum.

Damian Lillard and McCollum have forged quite a partnership in Portland over the years. They’ve proven to be one of the most potent backcourts in the NBA, but clearly, what this duo brings to the table is not enough to establish the Blazers as legitimate title contenders.

The Blazers will do everything in their power to keep Lillard in Portland despite multiple teams reportedly showing serious interest in the All-Star point guard. Their resolve in keeping McCollum, however, does not appear to be that strong.