Guard CJ McCollum is out of contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, who traded him to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic's Shams Charania.
The Blazers are also sending forwards
Larry Nance Jr. and Tony Snell
to New Orleans, while the Pelicans are sending guards
Tomas Satoransky, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Didi Louzada
, plus a protected first-round pick and two second-round picks to Portland in the deal
the Blazers (21-33) end an era in Portland, which with McCollum and All-NBA Damian Lillard has been in the playoffs since 2013
though advancing to the conference finals only once and suffered five first-round exits.
McCollum, 30, was selected by Portland 10th overall in the 2013 draft is averaging 20.5 points per game this season and his numbers in both rebounds and assists are approaching career highs
In addition to McCollum, the Blazers traded
Norman Powell and Robert Covington to the Los Angeles Clippers
last week, while
Jusuf Nurkic is of interest to the Toronto Raptors
New Orleans is betting on CJ McCollum, who in 2019 signed a
three-year, $100 million extension
that took effect this offseason.