Damian Lillard’s surprising trade from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Milwaukee Bucks shocks fans and teammates. CJ McCollum shares his reactions on ESPN’s NBA Today.
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Portland’s Dynamic Duo Splits Paths
Damian Lillard has been traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Milwaukee Bucks in an unexpected turn of events.
This major development comes shortly after CJ McCollum, Lillard’s long-time teammate, was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Fans of the Portland Trail Blazers have reacted with shock and anticipation, and McCollum shared his thoughts.
A Brief Journey Together
McCollum and Lillard have made a significant mark during their time with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Together, they powered the team into the NBA playoffs eight times.
Their synergy peaked in 2019 when they reached the Western Conference Finals.
For the first eight and a half seasons of McCollum’s professional career, these two players stood side by side, creating unforgettable moments for their fans.
However, things turned differently when McCollum was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans amid the 2021-22 season.
Moreover, it is Lillard’s turn to don a new jersey.
Appearing on ESPN’s NBA Today, CJ McCollum was interviewed by Malika Andrews about Lillard’s shocking transfer.
When asked about his initial reaction, McCollum replied, “I was very surprised. I was stunned. Dame is my guy. I was with him last weekend in Oregon for harvest. We knew something was going to happen. I did not expect Milwaukee. I do not know that he expected Milwaukee.”
Despite the surprise, McCollum noted that Milwaukee would align with Lillard’s championship aspirations.
He added, “Milwaukee makes much sense if you think about what he said his goals and aspirations were in terms of winning a championship. I will say that just like the rest of the world, I was shocked and interested in seeing who was involved in the deal and how they made it a three-team trade.”
Damian Lillard’s contribution to the Portland Trail Blazers is undeniable.
In his last season with the team, he delivered staggering numbers, averaging 32.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game.
As fans await to see how he fits into his new team, they also fondly remember the legacy he leaves behind in Portland.