July 25, 2016, 10:13 am
Portland has locked up one half of one of the NBA’s premier backcourt duos. It was announced today that the Blazers signed CJ McCollum to a four year, $106 million extension. The story was broken by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, per custom.
It’s a massive, well-earned deal for the Lehigh product. After struggling to get minutes in his first two regular seasons McCollum burst out in last year’s playoffs against the Spurs, averaging 17 points per game after scoring an average of 6.8 per night during the regular season. The breakout carried over in a big way as CJ averaged 20.8 points on 44.8% shooting while making 80 starts for Portland.
Someone was going to offer CJM a max deal eventually, so the Blazers and GM Neil Olshey did well to get this one done relatively quickly and quietly.
McCollum and Lillard make for the most formidable guard duo this side of Curry and Thompson. When either is feeling it they’re liable to carry the Blazers to victory on any given night and when both are cooking at the same time it’s an impossible barrage. The 24 year old is entering his fourth NBA season with room to grow. The sky is the limit for McCollum while the Blazers have flipped the script on those who expected them to undergo a full on rebuild after LaMarcus Aldridge left town.