“Damian Lillard needs to get the hell out !” Stephen A. Smith ‘disgusted’ after CJ McCullum gets traded to New Orleans Pelicans

Stephen A Smith was 'disgusted' with the news of CJ McCollum being traded out to the New Orleans Pelicans and would want to see Damian Lillard out of the team as well to be in title Contention.

Stehen A Smith and Damian Lillard
Stehen A Smith and Damian Lillard

When CJ McCullum’s news hit the ears of Stephen A. Smith, he was outrightly disgusted with the move since CJ McCollum was a dear favorite of Stephen A. Steven A. Smith had some advice for Damian Lillard if he wishes to be in an NBA title Contender.

CJ McCollum to the New Orleans Pelicans

CJ McCollum
CJ McCollum

The Portland Trailblazers traded CJ McCollum to the New Orleans Pelicans, which resulted at the end of a 9-year partnership between Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the duo who have been instrumental for the Trailblazers for the past 9 years. Portland with the trade got from the Pelicans a first-round pick and 2 second-round picks.

Damian Lillard after hearing the news was not shocked, knowing that things would come to an end between the two, but it still hurts. “Grateful for our brotherhood and friendship above all, bra. We knew this day would come but it doesn’t make it any easier. Hurt my heart to know s**t won’t be the same but the love gon always remains C! You know what time it is with me always. All the best going forward, my brother.” The pair made a ferocious duo in the NBA where they combined for 73.5 points per game in the 2018-19 season and saw them rank fourth in points made for two players.

Stephen A. Smith ‘Disgusted’ with the trade has some advice for Damian Lillard

Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith

With the departure of CJ McCollum, the legendary backcourt partnership has come to an end. Damian Lillard is now alone in that position, when CJ McCollum came in as a starter in 2015 the NBA witnessed a shooter from the top drawer. He has shot 38.4% from beyond the arc and is ranked 7th in the NBA for three points made.

Things have gone downhill since the appointment of Joe Cronin and GM, with him at the helm he has already traded out Norman Powell and Robert Covington to the Los Angeles Clippers. The absence of CJ will be felt very soon, losing a player who has averaged 20 points per game for seven straight seasons. This season as well, he was averaging 20.5 points per game. The Portland Trailblazers have a huge spot to fill in and looking at the current situation, those shoes are going to be a little too big to be filled in.

Stephen A. Smith said in the ‘First Take’, “Chauncey Billups as far as I’m concerned is set up to fail. It’s not a great situation for anybody in Portland other than the young players. And Damian Lillard needs to get the hell out of there.” With all that said he is correct to say that Trailblazers are not in a good spot, no matter how loyal your players are, especially Lillard who has time and time again shown his devotion to the team, things are sure to go up in the air once the wrong decisions are made, if things do not go well for Cronin, Lillard will have to reconsider his loyalty.

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