Over a month ago, C.J. McCollum’s name was swirling around in lots of trade rumors. His name has been linked to a trade to the Sacramento Kings that somehow involved DeMarcus Cousins, but it didn’t happen. It seems increasingly less likely that McCollum will be traded, but there are still some rumors that may have some pertinence.
And thus, a trade makes sense. The Magic need to do something, because they are sitting in a pit of despair with no long-term thoughts on how to get out. Nikola Vucevic has been impressive throughout his career, but he was benched for Bismack Biyombo, an athletic, great shot blocking center, that the Magic signed last offseason.
The Trail Blazers desperately need another good big man, and Orlando needs some better guard play. A trade that would swap Serge Ibaka and C.J. McCollum would be very beneficial for both teams. Ibaka is an aggressive center that plays lockdown defense in the post. He has had a good amount of blocked shot highlights, and for good reason. The big man is 6’10 and 236 pounds of pure, lean muscle. He’s a menace down low in the paint.
The one thing hindering this trade would be the fact that the backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and McCollum is considered one of the best in the NBA. Lillard is a legitimate top 5 point guard in the league, and McCollum is considered a rising star. He averages 23.5 points per game and is an efficient scorer. He also dishes out a decent number of assists for a two guard.
Damian Lillard not an Allstar again. Slept on🔥 https://t.co/dihlmScy1v
— HoopMixtape (@HoopMixOnly) January 27, 2017
C. J. McCollum is so smooth🔥 pic.twitter.com/hb9g7Ac2Kf
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 21, 2017
Although the season is not going the way Portland fans thought it would, they are still in playoff position. Most fans are strong believers that the season will turn around at some point, something that could happen in an instant. A team with two star players just should not be playing at the bad level that they are.
Fans were extremely excited and the future looked bright when McCollum broke out last year, and although the trade would make sense, it is not likely to happen. It would make Lillard upset with the management, and may not work out the way both teams think it would.