The New Orleans Pelicans seek to sign star Guard CJ McCollum to a multi-year extension in the next coming days. On August 8, The Pelicans will be eligible to offer McCollum an extension through the 2026-27 season.
An extension for CJ McCollum seems to be a priority for the Pelicans, a franchise coming off their first playoff appearance since 2018. His arrival in New Orleans is considered by many to be the turning point for last season. The Willie Green led squad rallied late in the year to earn a spot in the play-in, where they defeated the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pelicans also gave the top-seeded Phoenix Suns trouble, taking them to six games.
McCollum’s All-Star caliber play and veteran leadership was much needed for this young Pelicans roster.
"He’s a great leader," said Pelicans F Herb Jones, "He challenges everybody to do everything the right way."
When asked about his future, McCollum stated "I want to retire here. I’m 30 years old and I have a son who is 13 weeks old. I’m married. When you have something good, you hold on to it. This is something fun for both sides." (Marc J. Spears, Andescape)
It's apparent that both sides want to reach an agreement. CJ McCollum has two years and $69 million left on his current deal. The Pelicans would be able to offer a three-year extension on top of his remaining contract.
CJ McCollum’s value and commitment to this roster is something that won’t be overlooked. Securing him for years to come will be pivotal for the Pelicans.
After years of mediocrity, the New Orleans Pelicans look to contend for the Western Conference and potentially an NBA Championship.