“They have a lot invested in those two guys [McCollum and Lillard], and if they’re not making progress, they’re going to get a lot of good offers,” one general manager said. “They are excited about [forward] Zach Collins, but they need help at the forward spots long-term. And everyone likes C.J. McCollum.”
Although the NBA’s trade deadline is done and gone, the rumor mill isn’t about to stop.
That’s the nature of the Association’s beast. Everyone is always trying to plan two steps ahead if they’re not considered direct competition for the Golden State Warriors. And the latest out of the speculation factory addresses C.J. McCollum’s future with the Portland Trail Blazers. People around the league believe he’ll emerge has a popular offseason trade target, according to Sporting News’ Sean Deveney:
Executives around the league told SN that McCollum will continue to be a target in the offseason, especially if the team struggles to make the playoffs or falls out of the picture altogether.