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Portland sign McCollum, Cavaliers Sign Lue

CJMcCollumAfter a unexpected all star caliber year for C.J McCollum, he gets a $106 million dollar max contract over the next four years. The contract comes into effect in the 2017-2018 because he has one year left on his contract.  McCollum won the NBA’S Most Improved Player award because of he had career high in points with 20.8 a game, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

McCollum’s extension will start in the 2017-18 season, and he will earn $3.2 million in 2016-17, the last year of his current rookie contract. McCollum will earn approximately $23.9 million, $25.7 million, $27.5 million and $29.3 million over the course of the four-year deal – based upon the projected $102 million salary cap next year.

Portland drafted McCollum out of Lehigh with the No. 10 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, and the commitment of the contract comes after a rookie season in which McCollum had been limited to 38 games because of a broken foot, and a second season in which he averaged 15.7 regular-season minutes in 2014-15.

McCollum started his breakout in the 2015 playoffs – averaging 17 points – and carried that momentum into a stellar 2015-16 season when he averaged 20.8 points and 4.3 assists. McCollum is part of a core of players drafted into the Blazers organization under Olshey – and developed under coach Terry Stotts – that has signed long-term extensions in the past two years.

Lillard (five years, $139 million), Crabbe (four years, $75 million) and Meyers Leonard(four years, $41 million) are among Portland draft picks secured for the long term.

TyronnLueTyronn Lue gets rewarded for winning the NBA championship in his first season as coach of the Cavaliers.  After his promotion to head coach following David Blatt’s firing in January, Lue gambled on himself and decided against signing a shorter, less lucrative deal as Cavaliers coach – never signing a three-year, $9.5 million contract framework. The first four years of the contract is guaranteed and the fifth year is a team option. Lue contract is worth 35 million. Lue is now the third highest paid coach in the NBA. He went 27-14 after taking mid season for the fired David Blatt.

Lue’s decision turned out to be prophetic, because the Cavaliers’ improbable 3-1 comeback victory in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors allowed for him to become compensated among the NBA’s elite head coaches.

Lue, 39,  not only finished the final 41 games of the Cavaliers’ regular season with 27 victories but then proceeded to roll through Detroit, Atlanta and Toronto to reach the Finals. Lue earned the trust of the Cavaliers’ stars, including LeBron James, and his tactical acumen in the Finals helped orchestrate the dramatic championship comeback.

Lue had been an assistant coach with Boston and the Los Angeles Clippers before joining the Cavaliers in 2014 as associate head coach under Blatt.

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