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Report: CJ McCollum expected to return to Trail Blazers Monday

Steph Curry believes the 2017 Warriors would beat the 1996 Bulls, and while Michael Holley and Tom Haberstroh agree, specifically because of Golden State's three-point shooting, Michael Smith chooses to go another route.

After missing what will be 18 games due to a collapsed lung, CJ McCollum is set to return to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday in Orlando against the Magic, a story broken by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

McCollum started the season playing arguably the best basketball of his career — he averaged 24.3 points a game and shot 43.3% from 3 in October — but those numbers dipped as the season went on and now stand at 20.6 points, 4.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds a game. Then in early December he suffered a collapsed lung and has been out ever since.

McCollum returns to a Trail Blazers team stumbling through this season. Portland is 16-25, good for just 10th place in the West. Damian Lillard is out — possibly for the rest of the season — following abdominal surgery. This team fired its GM Neil Olshey, and there are rumors of a major shake up swirling around the league as the trade deadline approaches.

A shake-up that could involve McCollum being traded, if he shows other teams he is healthy.