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New Orleans Pelicans acquiring CJ McCollum from the Blazers

Written by Doug Rush

New Orleans Pelicans acquiring CJ McCollum from the Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers fire sale is continuing as the NBA Trade Deadline approaches on Thursday and they are shipping off one of their biggest assets.

The New Orleans Pelicans are set to acquire CJ McCollum from the Blazers.

In 36 games for the Blazers, the 30-year-old McCollum is averaging 20.6 points per game and will make for a solid addition to New Orleans that has Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson, although he is still recovering from a foot injury.

Despite that, the Pelicans are the 10th seed in the NBA playoffs in the Western Conference and are looking to make a possible playoff push.

McCollum is the latest player to be dealt by Portland, as they already shipped out Norman Powell and Robert Covington last week to the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.