Quick: CJ McCollum Provides His First Assist

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Quick: CJ McCollum Provides His First Assist
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It wasn't the banner day Neil Olshey had hoped for, his goal of trading for a starting center having gone unfulfilled during Thursday's NBA Draft. The Trail Blazers' general manager said he didn't have the assets to pull off a blockbuster. He said he didn't have a willing dance partner. Maybe that's why we didn't see the pep, or the vigor, or the tornado of confidence on Thursday that usually oozes from Olshey. He selected two guards - one a playmaker, one a shooter - and two big men - one a shot blocker, one a foreigner who will be stashed overseas. To use of one Olshey's favorite phrases, he didn't “move the needle” Thursday. You could see it in his face. Hear it in his words. Feel it with his aura. “Well, I haven't slept in three days, that might have something to do with it,'' Olshey said. “It's been a long week.''

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