Sources: McCollum to follow CP3 as NBPA prez

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Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has been elected as the president of the National Basketball Players Association, succeeding two-term president Chris Paul, sources told ESPN.

McCollum has been a vice president on the NBPA’s executive committee since 2018 and has been deeply involved in union decision-making and negotiations with the NBA.

He begins the presidency with a search ongoing to find a successor to NBPA executive director Michele Roberts, who’s led the union since 2014.

McCollum, 29, will be tasked with leading the union in collective bargaining talks with the NBA on a deal that could expire in 2022-2023 if either side chooses to opt-out — or prior to the 2023-2024 season.

McCollum has a significant profile on the court with the Blazers, which can be helpful in leading the players association. He’s averaged nearly 19 points a game in nine seasons since he was selected 10th overall out of Lehigh in 2013.