The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to terms with budding star C.J. McCollum on a contract extension worth $106 million. The news was first reported by The Vertical and later confirmed by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
Portland guard CJ McCollum has reached agreement on a four-year, $106M maximum contract extension, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 25, 2016
The deal is reportedly a four-year contract that kicks in at the beginning of the 2017-2018 season. It does not come with a player option or a trade kicker, which bodes well for McCollum.
McCollum was the recipient of the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year award after an outstanding first season as a full-fledged starter.
He saw a huge uptick in minutes in his third season due to the departure of Wesley Matthews, seized his opportunity and ran with it. McCollum averaged 20.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 80 games, in 2016. He was also, arguably the most valuable player on the Blazers next to superstar Damian Lillard. Together they made one of the more deadly back-court tandems in the NBA.
By locking up McCollum, Portland general manager Neil Olshey showed that he was committed to keeping the young talent intact, despite striking out on catching a big fish in free-agency.
The Blazers now have Lillard, McCollum, shooting guard Allen Crabbe, and power forward Meyers Leonard together for at least four more years. Not to mention, also adding veteran guard Evan Turner in free-agency.
The future looks bright for this franchise and will be interesting to watch this coming season.
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