NBA Rumors: NY Knicks "Legitimate Trade Suitor" For CJ McCollum

The Portland Trail Blazers' tear-down seems to have begun in earnest, with the salary dumping of Norm Powell and Robert Covington to the Los Angeles Clippers this weekend. CJ McCollum could be the next one out the door, and according to NBA Insider Marc Stein, rival executives tell him that the New York Knicks are a "legitimate trade suitor" for him.

Previously, we reported on the New Orleans Pelicans looking at McCollum as an "ideal" trade candidate, and there is also word that the Atlanta Hawks are interested, so the Knicks will have to come up with the goods to out-bid others. 

Interestingly, while they need help in the backcourt, the Knicks' real need for a long-term answer is at point guard, of which McCollum is not. He would, however, fill another large need for the team, and that is scoring. McCollum is averaging 20.5 points while shooting 38.4% from long range.

All of this renewed interest in the 30-year-old Portland shooting guard flies in the face of rumors last month, when word was circulating that many executives view McCollum, and his $30M salary ($100M owing in total) as a negative trade asset. But those salary issues don't seem to be affecting the thought processes of the Knicks, Hawks and Pelicans. 

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