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CJ McCollum signs 2-year extension with Pelicans

The reported new deal will keep the veteran guard in New Orleans for the next 4 years.

CJ McCollum made an immediate impact with the Pelicans since joining the franchise at the NBA trade deadline last season.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans guard CJ McCollum has officially signed a contract extension reportedly worth $64 million over two years, taking him through the 2025-2026 season.

McCollum was acquired from Portland shortly before last season’s trade deadline and averaged 24.3 points after the trade, helping the Pelicans rally into playoff contention.

The extension means the Pelicans will have their core of McCollum, power forward Zion Williamson and high-scoring wing player Brandon Ingram all under contract through the next four seasons.

McCollum, who turned 31 this month, is a nine-year NBA veteran who has averaged 19.2 points for his career, and 20-plus points in each of the past seven seasons.

After rallying to qualify for the Western Conference Play-In Tournament last spring, New Orleans beat San Antonio at home and then downed the Clippers in Los Angeles to advance to a first-round series against top-seeded Phoenix.

The Pelicans took two of the first four games of their best-of-seven series with the Suns before falling in six games.

Williamson did not play at all last season because of a foot injury the previous summer. He has since been cleared to play without restrictions.

The Pelicans are scheduled to open training camp on Tuesday.