Monday, September 26

Blazers’ McCollum trade another reminder: Warriors’ Splash Brothers set impossible standard

For nearly a decade, the Portland Trail Blazers wanted what the Golden State Warriors already had.

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum worked desperately to challenge Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in their quest to become the NBA’s best backcourt, but there’s been no answer for the league’s gold standard.

Quite frankly, Lillard and McCollum never came close.

Two days ahead of the NBA trade deadline, the Blazers aborted the mission as Portland is reportedly trading McCollum, Larry Nance and Tony Snell to the New Orleans Pelicans for a package that will include a protected first round draft pick and help create more than $60 million in cap space.

ESPN is reporting the Blazers want to “fully reshape” their roster around Lillard, but the reality is that Portland simply needs a new roster-building strategy if it hopes to take on the Western Conference’s elite teams, which — after a brief hiatus — again include the Warriors.

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