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CJ McCollum signs a two-year, $64 million extension with the New Orleans Pelicans

With McCollum now secured for the future alongside Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, the Pelicans are a team to keep an eye on.
New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum

CJ McCollum

The New Orleans Pelicans have a lot of reasons to be excited about the upcoming 2022-23 NBA season. After unexpectedly giving the Phoenix Suns a run for their money in the first round of the playoffs last season, many fans believe that the Pelicans can improve this upcoming season. Chief among them is the return of star forward Zion Williamson, who appears to be in great shape ahead of the 2022-23 season.

The New Orleans Pelicans ensure that CJ McCollum will spend his future with them

Running alongside Williamson will be fellow stars Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum. McCollum was picked up midway through the season by New Orleans from the Portland Trail Blazers and was a big reason they earned a spot in the NBA’s Play-In Tournament. Adding Williamson to an already strong duo of CJ and Ingram should make the Pelicans a sneaky good team in the Western Conference.

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New Orleans’ front office must recognize this, as they decided to hand McCollum a two-year, $64 million extension with the 2022-23 season right around the corner. This adds to McCollum’s existing deal, meaning he will earn $133 million over the next four years while with New Orleans. This is a massive win for the Pelicans, and it secures the future of their team with the upcoming season right around the corner.

The New Orleans Pelicans are set for the future in the wake of CJ McCollum’s extension

Right off the bat, McCollum’s deal is fantastic value for the Pelicans. McCollum is a supremely underrated guard in the NBA, thanks in large part to him being Damian Lillard’s running mate with the Trail Blazers for much of his career. He’s still playing alongside Williamson and Ingram, but he has more control of the offense than he’s had at any point of his career so far.

Combine that with the fact that the Pelicans signed Williamson to a five-year extension earlier this offseason and that Ingram has three years left on his current deal, and things are looking up for New Orleans. They have their three best players tied up on relatively team-friendly deals compared to some of the others we have seen recently, and they won’t have to worry about their contracts for the next few seasons.

For the Pelicans, this was a no-brainer, and while the deal for McCollum looks good now, there’s a decent chance it may look even better in the future. New Orleans could be a very dangerous team this season, and if that’s the case, they are in a great position to sustain that success for the foreseeable future.

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