CJ McCollum revealed he was not suprised he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans because the Portland Trail Blazers respected his desire to go to a team he wanted to play in. If the Blazers can do that for CJ, they should also do the same for Damian Lillard.
CJ McCollum had a say in his trade
When McCollum was the one that got traded and not Damian Lillard, not a few were suprised. It's either him or Dame. But McCollum expressed gratitude for his former team because they valued his insights and respected his wishes.
The 9-year veteran revealed he had a part in choosing where to get traded. In the end, his wife, agent, and the front office were unanimous in picking the Pelicans as his next team. CJ was thankful for Portland but expressed excitement on his next chapter.
"But I'm very fortunate to be going somewhere where I'm wanted, needed and where there's mutual admiration."
New Orleans is certainly not bad. The team is on the rise, with Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Jonas Valanciunas, and Devonte Graham as its core. The team could have been higher in standings if Zion had been injury-free this season. The Pelicans sit at the 10th spot, and CJ's arrival could change all that. After all, the shooting guard never missed the postseason with Portland, and he hopes to continue his streak in his new team.
The Blazers should also let Dame choose if he wants to stay or go
If the Portland Trail Blazers were kind enough to help in CJ's exit, they should also afford the same gesture to Damian Lillard. The problem is that Lillard, until now, has not expressed his desire to get traded. Should Dame ask the front office to look for trading partners, they should help facilitate the move. Lillard has done enough to earn that respect from the fans and front office.
The trade deadline has passed, and Dame remains in Portland. It's obvious the Balzers are in rebuilding mode. Dame Time's championship clock is ticking. He might end up as one of those great players who stayed loyal but got no championship rings to show at the end of their career. Portland can change that narrative, and it starts with having a discussion with their All-Star about his future with the team.