After joining the Pelicans last February on a trade, CJ McCollum signed for two additional years with an increased amount.
CJ McCollum does not intend to leave the Pelicans. Arrived in Louisiana last February as part of a major trade with the Portland Trail Blazers, a franchise in which he launched his NBA career in 2013 after being drafted a few months earlier, the 31-year-old seems to be enjoying New Orleans. Indeed, while his current contract expired in the summer of 2024, the Ohio native extended for two more years according to information from the journalist ofESPN Adrian Wojnarowski, quoting the player’s agent Sam Goldfeder. After managing to extend Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson in the long term, the leaders of the Pelicans have also been able to secure another major element of their workforce for the years to come. Furthermore, CJ McCollum will see his emoluments be revised upwardswith a total of $133 million owed to him over the next four years.
New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum has agreed on a two-year, $64 million extension that’ll take him through 2025-2026, his agent Sam Goldfeder of @Excelbasketball like ESPN. New deal ties McCollum to Pels for four years and $133M.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 24, 2022
McCollum blended into the Pelicans collective
A contract extension which is also a sign of appreciation of the contribution of CJ McCollum since his arrival during the season. Thanks to his impact on the field, the Pelicans were able to qualify for the play-offs thanks to their success over the San Antonio Spurs and then the Los Angeles Clippers during the play-in. A season which however ended in the first round of the final phase of the NBA championship against the Phoenix Suns, number 1 in the Western Conference during the regular season after six games. CJ McCollum managed to average 24.3 points per game under the colors of the Pelicans. A performance that allowed him to align a seventh consecutive season above the 20 point average, thus imitating players like Anthony Davis, LeBron James or James Harden. A level of performance that the Pelicans will hope to see continue in order to shine in the seasons to come.