Young: The Trail Blazers Might Want More Than Simmons for McCollum
The official start of the NBA offseason is still a few weeks away, but that hasn’t stopped speculation about a possible deal that includes Sixers wing Ben Simmons and Trail Blazers security guard CJ McCollum. Both the Blazers and Sixers did not get out of the postseason optimally, which could lead to significant changes in the near future.
Regarding a Blazers-Sixers deal that revolves around McCollum and Simmons, CNBC’s Jabari Young stated that Portland could expect more than just a direct swap.
Other rumors suggest that Portland’s CJ McCollum could be sold to the Sixers during the off-season to alleviate the Trail Blazers’ problems. McCollum will earn $ 30 million next season playing college hoops at nearby Lehigh University. So it’s going to be a little homecoming for the Ohio native.
Behind the scenes, scouts say McCollum is a worker who points to his improved game since arriving in the NBA in 2013) and he’s an 82% free throw career shooter. Injuries are always an issue at McCollum, 29, but given today’s NBA where shooting is of the essence, the Blazers can seek more than just Simmons in any negotiation.
Young’s story also looked at the potential of Rich Paul, Simmons’ agent, to take advantage of a trade that would move the current Sixers wing to the Lakers.
Could a Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope package be enough? The Sixers get more 3-point shoots to surround franchise star Joel Embiid and win the squad balance. Paul can keep his customers together and know where he lives.
McCollum is under contract with the Blazers until the 2023/24 season. In the last three years of his deal, the former Lehigh star is said to have made around $ 100 million. In the 2020/21 season, McCollum averaged 23.1 points per game with 45.8 percent shooting from the field.
Simmons, who is about five years younger than McCollum, was named Defensive Player of the Year this season only behind Rudy Gobert. Simmons averaged 14.3 points, 6.9 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game in 58 appearances that year. The 24-year-old Australian has a career three point percentage of 14.7. Simmons agreed to a five-year extension of $ 170 million with the Sixers in the summer of 2019. His current contract runs until the 2024-25 season.
You can read Young’s full story on CNBC.