Report: Blazers finalizing deal to trade CJ McCollum to Pelicans

The Portland Trail Blazers' fire sale is in full swing. They are reportedly finalizing a deal to trade guard CJ McCollum to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

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According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, seven players are involved with the deal. In addition to McCollum, the Blazers are sending Larry Nance and Tony Snell to the Pelicans. The Pelicans are sending Josh Hart, Tomas Satoransky, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and Didi Louzada to the Blazers, along with a protected first-round draft pick and two second-round picks.

McCollum, 30, is in the middle of his ninth season with the Blazers, who selected him 10th overall in the 2013 draft. Despite missing 18 games with a collapsed lung earlier this season, he's averaging 20.5 points per game, and his rebounds and assists are at or near his career highs.

With the 21-33 Blazers carrying a bloated payroll and continuing to struggle through a losing season, the time has come for them to start building toward the future — and it appears that's what they're doing. They traded Norman Powell and Robert Covington to the Los Angeles Clippers last week, and the Toronto Raptors have reportedly shown interest in Jusuf Nurkic. With two days left before the trade deadline, we could see more action from the Blazers before the bell sounds.

PORTLAND, OREGON - JANUARY 25: CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers attempts a free throw against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half at Moda Center on January 25, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Blazers guard CJ McCollum is headed to New Orleans in a trade. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)