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Welcome to the Big Easy, CJ McCollum. The veteran shooting guard — who is averaging 20+ points per game for the seventh straight season — is the centerpiece of a big trade between the Pelicans and Trail Blazers.

Pelicans get:

Trail Blazers get:

McCollum makes a full-strength Pelicans team very hard to guard, writes our NBA expert Sam Quinn:

Quinn:Brandon Ingram has grown meaningfully as a playmaker over the past few months. Slot in McCollum’s pick-and-roll shot creation and the unstoppable behemoth that is Point Zion [Williamson] and the Pelicans have more than adequately compromised for their unorthodox team construction. Throw in [Devonte’] Graham‘s shooting and Jonas Valanciunas‘ all-around offensive game and when the Pelicans are healthy, there is no reason to believe they won’t have an elite…..

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