3 for 7 deals!With the Blazers releasing $60 million, Lillard is finally switching partners

2022-05-05 0 By

Lillard’s loyalty paid off, as the Blazers were determined to rebuild around him, even sacrificing All-Star McCollum.He is one of only five players in the league to average 20+ points per game in seven consecutive seasons. He also leads the league with 2,155 jumpers in the last five seasons, making 54% of his shots.McCollum and Lillard teamed up for eight and a half seasons, leading Portland to the Western Conference finals for the best record.This season, McCollum is averaging 20.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.Of course, the Blazers aren’t stupid enough to let go of their all-star star. The Portland Trail Blazers reached a 3-for-7 deal with the New Orleans Geese that freed up $60 million in cap space, and fans say lillard is finally ready to switch partners.The Pelicans are a talented team, but injuries have slowed them to 10th in the Western Conference.To shake things up, executives hart, Satoransky, Walker, Seval, the 2022 first round and the next two rounds acquired McCollum, Nance Jr. and Snell from Portland.Looking at the roster, the Pelicans have not shaken their foundation, still built around The core of Zion and Ingram, and their playoff hopes have increased dramatically with the acquisition of two starting players, especially McCollum’s experience will give the Pelicans a huge boost.From this point of view, it is not a loss to trade seven players.It’s worth noting that the 2022 first round is a 1-4 pick, the pelicans still have the pick, and David Griffin is still in the driver’s seat, to say the least.This first round only really belongs to the Blazers with the 5-14 picks, while the 15-30 picks become hornets ownership.The Blazers traded two starters, but created a $21 million trade exception, and will have $60 million in cap space this offseason to sign any superstar on the free market.Lillard is known for never ruling out teaming up with Simmons for a championship, and this deal provides a prerequisite for that dream to happen.In addition, Harden did not re-sign with the Nets and will become a free agent, the Blazers still have a chance to acquire the three-time scoring champion.To take a step back, McCollum, while consistent, is not as good on offense as Harden and not as good on defense as Simmons.In this sense, the pioneers are not broken, but ready to go.In this regard, fans have said that the NBA summer is more lively.Lillard and McCollum may be the best backcourt pairing, but they can’t lead a team to a title, and the Blazers made the right decision.