“CJ McCollum is a franchise cornerstone and a critical part of our future,” said president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. “This extension represents a strong level of commitment between CJ, the Trail Blazers and the city of Portland.”
The 27-year-old Lehigh product was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player for the 2015-16 season and has since been one of the league’s most consistent scoring threats.
The Blazers signed fellow backcourt starDamian Lillardto a five-year, $196 millionextensionearlier in the offseason. The point guard is now linked to the team through the 2024-25 season.
The Blazers haven’t made the same type of splash as the Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers this summer, but they did add Hassan Whiteside, Mario Hezonja and Kent Bazemore to bolster their wing and frontcourt depth around their star guards.
It’s unclear whether that will be enough to contend in the loaded Western Conference, but with McCollum and Lillard both under contract for the foreseeable future, the front office has some time to focus on upgrading other areas of the roster.