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CJ McCollum wants Blazers to pursue Paul George in offseason

CJ McCollum is trying to pre-order his tickets to the PG-13 movie.

The Portland Trail Blazers guard held a Twitter Q&A on Thursday due to his flight being delayed and was asked who he would like to see the team pursue in the offseason.

McCollum replied simply by tagging the handle of Pacers star Paul George.

The Pacers and the Blazers were both swept in the first round, and the latter does have a need at the forward position after making due this season with Al-Farouq Aminu and Maurice Harkless getting most of those minutes. But Portland doesn’t have nearly enough assets to swing a trade for George, who won’t hit free agency until summer 2018, and the four-time All-Star already seems enamored with a different Western Conference team.

McCollum and backcourt partner Damian Lillard are both under contract through 2021, but the problem is that Harkless, Evan Turner, Meyers Leonard, and Allen Crabbe are signed to long-term deals above market value as well. Those kinds of contracts clog up cap space and reduce Portland’s ability to field a competitive trade offer, making an acquisition of George seem like more of a reach for them than anything.


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