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Latest Orleans Pelicans’ CJ McCollum joining ESPN as an NBA analyst

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Latest Orleans guard and National Basketball Players Association president CJ McCollum has added one other title to his busy schedule — NBA analyst for ESPN.

The network announced Monday that they’ve signed the Pelicans star to a multiplatform deal. He’ll make his ESPN debut on Thursday during “NBA Finals: Celebrating 75,” which can be ESPN2’s alternate presentation of Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics.

McCollum graduated from Lehigh University with a journalism degree and has made past appearances on ESPN as an analyst.

“I’m excited to bring what I feel is my unique perspective, based on my vast knowledge of the sport that I’ve gained during my nine years as a player within the NBA,” McCollum said in an announcement. “To have a chance to place my journalism background to make use of on the biggest stage with the various talented professionals at ESPN is a dream come true.”

McCollum will work with ESPN to develop a recent podcast. He can even be an analyst for games during coverage of the NBA Summer League, in addition to making some appearances on studio shows all year long.

“CJ is some of the respected players within the NBA, which is obvious by his role as President of the NBA PA. Moreover, he’s an especially talented member of — and leader on — some of the interesting teams within the league: the Latest Orleans Pelicans,” said David Roberts, ESPN head of NBA and studio production. “CJ’s commitment to this chance, combined together with his passion for journalism and sports broadcasting, can be a transparent profit for NBA fans.”

McCollum was traded from Portland to Latest Orleans near the February trade deadline. He averaged 24.3 points once he joined the Pelicans and helped them make the playoffs.

McCollum is an element of an increasing variety of players who’re year-round analysts while still playing. Los Angeles Sparks forward Chiney Ogwumike has been working for ESPN since 2018, including a stint hosting a day radio show. Golden State’s Draymond Green signed a multiplatform take care of Turner Sports in January.

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