Former NBA champion proposes intriguing blockbuster trade involving Celtics and Blazers

Brad Sullivan
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Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Former NBA player Channing Frye offered up a potential blockbuster trade involving Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, who’s been the subject of some recent trade rumors.

Frye indicated on the “Talkin’ Blazers” podcast that any potential deal involving the Blazers and Boston Celtics needs to consider McCollum’s value on the court.

“If you want C.J. McCollum and somebody, you’d have to give me Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart,” Frye said. “That’s what I see C.J.’s value as.”

The 29-year-old McCollum’s contributions to the Blazers over the course of his seven seasons in the league have made him a valuable commodity in the team’s backcourt.

During the first two seasons of McCollum’s NBA career, he primarily came off the bench. However, since entering the starting lineup to begin the 2015-16 season, he’s averaged over 20 points per game.

McCollum’s level of production has come in tandem with his fellow starter in the Blazers’ backcourt, Damian Lillard, whose own ample talents have sometimes overshadowed his teammate.

Last year, McCollum signed a three-year, $100 million contract extension that begins during the 2021-22 season.

Of course, the rumors about a McCollum trade remain speculative until an actual deal takes place. Yet, it seems clear that if the Celtics want the veteran, they should expect to give up some major players to make it happen.

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Brad has written on a variety of both NBA and NFL topics and has worked previously as a sports information director at the collegiate level. A lifetime fan of sports, he's witnessed countless great moments in different sports and understands that stories can be compelling from both the perspective of winners and losers. As a frustrated fan of Cleveland sports, he experienced something unprecedented when the Cavaliers won the city's first championship in 52 years.