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NBA Fans React To Blazers, Pelicans Blockbuster Trade

CJ McCollum stands with his hands on his hips.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - NOVEMBER 29: CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers in action during a game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on November 29, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

It's a fire sale in Portland. On Tuesday, a Woj bomb dropped that the Blazers are sending CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr. and Tony Snell to New Orleans. The move comes after the Trailblazers shipped Norman Powell to the Clippers for a three-player return.

This week's trades all but signal a rebuild for Chauncey Billups and the Blazers. Tuesday's transaction had NBA Twitter buzzing. "This is exactly why I downloaded Twitter again this week," one user said.

"CJ AND Nance for basically Hart and a first," another tweeted. "Whew, Portland paying the price for not flipping CJ in prior years since this is nowhere close to the value he was touted to have previously."

"New Orleans is sitting on a $17.1M trade exception that they will use to take back the $10.7M Nance Jr. salary," replied front office insider Bobby Marks. "Nance also has a $9.7M cap hit for next season. Snell is on an expiring vet minimum."

"I'm going back to bed," tweeted basketball writer Diandra Ann.

"Assuming Nance returns from injury, nabbing him is a potentially big deal for the Pelicans and changes the broad strokes of this trade some," commented ESPN's Zach Lowe.

The clock appears to be ticking on Dame Time in Portland.