Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum replacing Chris Paul as NBPA president

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Posted at Aug 08 2021 09:43 AM

CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts after a basket against the Denver Nuggets during Round 1, Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center on June 03, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. File photo. Steph Chambers, Getty Images/AFP
CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts after a basket against the Denver Nuggets during Round 1, Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center on June 03, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. File photo. Steph Chambers, Getty Images/AFP

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum was elected president of the National Basketball Players Association, the entity announced Saturday.

McCollum will serve as president for the next four seasons. He replaces Phoenix Suns star Chris Paul, who served in the role for the past eight years.

"I am grateful for this opportunity to take over as the new president of the NBPA," McCollum said in a news release. "Chris has done an incredible job over the last eight years, strengthening the voice of the players as a whole and using his platform to make sure our membership is taken care of on and off the court.

"I look forward to stepping into this role and to further growing the game so that future players can continue to learn and benefit from the Union's work."

Paul helped the NBPA in negotiations for the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement. He also was a leader in planning and helping establish COVID-19 protocols as the NBA made a safe return to play in the bubble outside Orlando in the summer of 2020.

"It has been an honor to serve in this position and to represent the diverse group of players that make up our incredible league," Paul said in the news release. "I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished at the Union in the last eight years. ...

"I am confident that CJ will continue to build on the work we have already done and I look forward to working with him to make our Union even stronger."

One of McCollum's early tasks will be finding a successor to outgoing executive director Michele Roberts, who has served in that role since 2014.