Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum react to James Harden trade

Jamie Hudson
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Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum react to James Harden trade originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

It was a day that many in the NBA had been waiting for this season, and not just James Harden. 

Wednesday afternoon, the news broke on Harden's next stop in the NBA.

And, of course, it sent Twitter into a frenzy!

As first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Houston traded Harden to Brooklyn as part of a blockbuster deal which involved four teams including Indiana and Cleveland.

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In the deal, the Rockets receive three Nets first-round picks (2022, 2024, 2026), one Milwaukee pick currently owned by Cleveland (2022 unprotected) and four pick swaps. Houston also reportedly acquired Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo along with Dante Exum and Rodions Kurucs.

Indiana also acquired Caris LeVert in the deal and the Cavs will get Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince.

But how do the Blazers feel about this trade since Harden had reportedly added Portland to his list of approved landing spots?

Lillard only discussed how fortunate it was for the Pacers to snag rising star Caris LeVert.

LeVert, a very skilled defender, who is now in his fifth year in the league, holds career averages of 13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.

For Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum, who acknowledged that it would be him on the chopping block if a trade went down between Houston and Portland for Harden, the news nearly disrupted his game day nap.  

Now the question is:

With McCollum putting the idea of packing his bags to rest, will the peace of mind elevate his game even more? If that’s the case, look out NBA world because McCollum is already playing at an All-Star level.

We’ll see how McCollum responds tonight when the Trail Blazers face the Kings on the road. 

So as the Nets get situated with Harden, the Blazers are looking to continue to build on their three-game winning streak.

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