Sources: Blazers sending McCollum to Pelicans


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The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to trade CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr. and Tony Snell to the New Orleans Pelicans, sources tell ESPN.

In return, the Pelicans are sending Josh Hart, Tomas Satoransky, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Didi Louzada, a future first-round pick and two future second-round picks to the Blazers, sources said.

The trade breaks up Portland’s backcourt duo of McCollum and Damian Lillard, and ends an era for the franchise. The Blazers have made the playoffs every season since the team drafted McCollum in 2013, a year after selecting Lillard.

Despite the regular-season success, postseason glory has eluded Portland. The team advanced to the conference finals only once and suffered five first-round exits.

McCollum is averaging 20.5 points this season, the seventh straight season where he’s averaged at least 20 points per game. He missed a span of 17 games over six weeks this season after suffering a collapsed lung on Dec. 4.

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