Last week, the Portland Trail Blazers agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers to move Norman Powell and Robert Covington, sparking rumors of a full-on fire sale for the team.

It appears that is exactly what the Trail Blazers are trying to do, as reports came out Tuesday morning that the team is trading star shooting guard CJ McCollum to the New Orleans Pelicans in a blockbuster deal.

The Pelicans will receive McCollum, Larry Nance, and Tony Snell from the Pelicans in return for Josh Hart, Nickel Alexander-Walker, Didi Louzada, a 2022 protected first-round pick and two second-round picks.

Here are some reactions to the biggest trade so far this NBA season.

With the injury to Damian Lillard holding him out for the foreseeable future, the Trail Blazers must feel that they need to go in a different direction. Things have not gone their way so far this season, holding a 21-33 record on the outside looking in of the play-in tournament.

With this trade, Portland frees up as much as $60 million for this offseason in cap space. Hopefully, they can mold a team around Damian Lillard with that money in the future.

It is rather interesting to see the Pelicans make such a big move as they aren’t a contender at this point in the season either, sitting at a 21-32 record in the Western Conference.

The Pelicans most likely won’t be competitive this year, with star forward Zion Williamson yet to play a game for the team this season. However, when he is healthy again for the team, they should have a dangerous big 3 in Williamson, McCollum, and Brandon Ingram for years to come.

[Adrian Wojnarowski]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.