CJ McCollum Named President of NBPA, to Start Effective Immediately
The NBA Players Association (NBPA) will have a new voice at the top.
After serving as NBPA President for the last eight years, Chris Paul is set to be replaced by Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum.
The player governmental body will also be adding Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams who was voted in as Vice President of the NBPA. The duo will join a union committee that already includes Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, Bismack Biyombo, Malcolm Brogdon, Jaylen Brown, Garrett Temple and the outspoken Kyrie Irving.
Introducing the new NBPA President, @CJMcCollum
As voted by the players, CJ McCollum was elected as the new President of the NBPA at today’s Board of NBPA Player Representatives meeting and will begin his 4-year term as President immediately. #WeAre450 pic.twitter.com/6PndqXq2yA
— NBPA (@TheNBPA) August 7, 2021
“I am grateful for this opportunity to take over as the new president of the NBPA,” McCollum said in a statement. “Chris has done an incredible job over the last 8 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.”
McCollum will begin his term effective immediately and will set his sights on the current collective bargain agreement. The union and the NBA each have the power to opt out of the CBA in 2022-23, or before the 2023-24 season.
“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. “I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished at the Union in the last 8 years and I am forever grateful to Michele [Roberts], all of my colleagues on the NBPA Executive Committee – past and present, and of course all of the players who trusted me to make the best decisions for our collective brotherhood.
“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.”
McCollum becomes the 15th player to be the president of the NBPA.