West Notes: Pelicans, CJ McCollum, Clippers, John Wall, Suns


Shooting guard CJ McCollum has never made the All-Star team, but many feel as if he’s a strong candidate this season.

Either way, McCollum indicated he’s content with his career.

“I get paid like an All-Star,” McCollum said, via Christian Clark of NOLA.com. “If it happens, that’s great. If not, I am treated very well on the 1st and the 15th. I just do my job. You could argue I should have made it in previous years. But it’s more about team success… I’m here to win games. I’m going to be more efficient. I’m going to be more consistent. I am going to make plays. I am going to make shots and am going to help us win.”

McCollum, 31, signed a two-year, $64 million contract extension during the offseason.


Point guard John Wall will miss at least two weeks with an abdominal strain, per Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Wall recently gave himself a “low C” for his performance in 34 games with the Clippers.

“The season will get better for me,” Wall said, via Andrew Greif of the LA Times. “It’s tough being on a minute restriction. It’s tough like, trying to figure out guys, figure out what roles you’re going to be. Still frustrated by not getting a lot of, no calls, it ain’t going to never change, I feel like. I think it’s always an excuse. I think we just trying to figure out as a team and as a group and try to get better game by game.”


Coach Monty Williams indicated he isn’t going to speak on forward Jae Crowder and his trade request.

“The thing that I’ve been consistent with is the stuff that goes on here, stays here,” Williams said, via Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic. “I’m not one to use the media to get a point across. It’s just not my way. It’s not how we do business.”

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