Portland Trailblazers’ CJ McCollum just got promoted to the big seat from his NBA peers.

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According to multiple reports, McCollum was elected as the new president of the National Basketball Players Association, succeeding Chris Paul. Paul served two terms in the role, but Marc Stein of the New York Times had reported he was unlikely to run for a third term despite being eligible to do so.

McCollum had previously been the vice president of the union’s executive committee. His term will be for four years. With the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire in 2024 at the latest, he’ll have a significant role in shaping the league going forward.


McCollum begins the presidency with an ongoing search to find a successor to NBPA executive director Michele Roberts, who has led the union since 2014. Between getting ready for the start of the NBA season and dealing with all NBAPA issues, McCollum will have have a lot on his plate to close out 2021.