CJ McCollum Net Worth: Salary, Charity & Contract

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CJ McCollum, an American NBA player currently playing for the New Orleans Pelicans, has a net worth of $14 million as of May 2024. He has established himself as one of the prominent players in the league. 

On March 2, 2023, CJ faced his former teammate Damian Lillard for the first time in a 110-121 win over Portland Trail Blazers, where CJ scored 24 points while Lillard scored 41 for his team.

Although he has never made it to the All-Star game, he is a player with All-Star potential. Despite being 1.91 meters, he has dribbling skills and athleticism to create his scoring space. 

Cj Mccollum, An NBA Player For The New Orleans Pelicans
Cj Mccollum With The Portland Trail Blazers (Source: Business Insider)

McCollum’s on-court performance has helped him earn a vast fortune. During his time with the Blazers, he made $29.35 million, making him 2nd best-paid player on the team behind Damian Lillard.

Alongside playing basketball, he is also doing his best to help communities and has been an active radio personality and philanthropist for the community.

Besides, he is also a businessman, and being a wine enthusiast himself, he introduced his wine label named McCollum Heritage 91 in 2020. 

Similarly, in March 2021, CJ McCollum and Li-Ning introduced McCollum’s first signature shoe, CJ1.

In a 2022 Interview with ESPN, CJ McCollum, first time publicly, addressed Kyrie Irving’s social media post about an anti-Semitic controversy.

CJ McCollum was hopeful about the learnings all NBA players got from Kyrie Irving’s fallout.

Let’s go through some quick facts before going into the article 

Quick Facts

Name Christian James McCollum
Date of Birth 19th September 1991
Birth Place Canton, Ohio, USA
Nick Name CJ, Chef CJ
Age 32 Years Old
Gender Male
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity Black
Horoscope Virgo 
Body Measurement Hand length (8), Hand Width (9.5)
Height 6’3″/1.91 m/191 cm
Weight 86 kg/190 lb.
Body Mass Index (BMI) 23.7
Build Athletic
Wingspan 1.99 m 
Shoe Size 12.5
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Tattoo No
Father Name Errick McCollum I
Mother Name Kathy McCollum
Siblings Errick McCollum II (Professional basketball player)
Relationship Married (Sep. 5, 2020)
Wife Elise McCollum
Children Son; Jacobi James McCollum (Jan. 10th, 2022)
Profession Professional Basketball Player
Position Shooting Guard
Education GlenOak High School, Lehigh University
High School Ranking 3-Star Recruit (ESPN)
Draft 2013 (10th Overall Pick) Drafted By Portland Trail Blazers
NBA Debut 5th January 2013
Team New Orleans Pelicans
Current Affiliations NBA
Jersey Number 3
Salary $35.8 Million
Net Worth  $14 Million
Social Media  InstagramTwitterFacebook
Achievements
  • 2016 NBA Most Improved Award
  • Number 3 Retired By Lehigh University Mountain Hawks
  • 2012 Patriots League Tournament MVP
Shoe  LI-NING 
Merch Autographed Photo
Last Update  May 2024

Salary & Net Worth

After being drafted by Portland Trail Blazers in the 2013 NBA Draft, McCollum earned $2.31 million during his rookie year. However, he played only 38 games because of a foot injury.

In his second season, McCollum made $2.42 million and made $2.52 million the following season.

The shooting guard earned NBA Most Improved Player honors for the 2015-16 season, which enabled a 4-year/$106 million contract extension with the Blazers on July 27, 2016.

However, he bagged $3.22 million in the 2016-17 season due to his exercised contract on September 30, 2015, and his 4-year rookie contract extension was set to trigger in the fifth season only.

In the 2017-18 season, McCollum earned $23.96 million, followed by $25.75 million the next season. 

Before the beginning of the 2019-20 season, he signed a 3-year/$100 million contract extension because of his fantastic performance in the 2019 playoffs.

For the Covid-19-affected season, McCollum pocketed around $25.8 million in salary.

The former Blazers shooting guard earned $29.3 million in the 2020-21 season.

Later he was traded to New Orleans Pelicans on Sept. 26, 2022, for a 2-year/$64 million veteran contract extension. Out of which, $20 million was covered by the Blazers in the first years.

For the 2022-23 season with the Pelicans, CJ is estimated to earn around $33.3 million.

With this, his earnings in his NBA career total $179,591,129.

Moreover, the point guard is estimated to have a net worth of around $14 million as of 2024.

Endorsement & Investment

Endorsement

CJ McCollum’s rise to stardom has helped him earn several years of shoe deals. In 2017, he signed a five-year contract with the Chinese brand Li-Ning. 

Before Li-Ning, he wore Nike shoes for four-season since his debut in the NBA.

Similarly, in 2017 McCollum became the brand ambassador of Banana Republic.  

In 2019, McCollum and Dockers launched a campaign highlighting their ‘khakis’ brands, and he was also featured in several products advertisement. 

CJ Displaying His CJ Edition Crocs
CJ Displaying His CJ Edition Crocs (Source: Instagram)

But it was in March 2021 McCollum’s first signature shoe Li-Ning CJ1 was released. 

Likewise, he inked a deal with Crocs in 2021, being the only NBA player to be endorsed by the brand.

In addition to these, he has endorsed several other brands and companies such as LaceClips, AT&T, Levis’s, and Jamba Juice.

Investments

CJ McCollum is an avid wine enthusiast. During the 2019 NBA Bubble, he brought 84 wine bottles and kept them in his hotel room. 

Considering his love for wine, he introduced his own wine label McCollum Heritage 91. McCollum stands for his family name, whereas heritage and 91 means the street where he grew up and his birth year.

In September 2020, McCollum partnered with Adelsheim to introduce his first Oregon pinot noir wine, a limited edition THAT was sold out in just 45 minutes.

With that, McCollum is planning to release his second wine in 2023. 

The Pelicans shooting guard was among the professional athletes investing in the Players Media Group.

He also hosts a podcast named ‘Pull Up,’ where he invites NBA players to look into their basketball life. His podcast is available on Apple Podcast, Sticher, Spotify, and other platforms.

Lifestyle

Fashion

During his rookie season, McCollum was not much of a shopper. But his taste has changed over the years.

Nowadays, he loves a good suit. McCollum has more than 70 tailored suits in his closet. When he gets a fresh haircut, McCollum always likes to wear suits. 

However, McCollum’s clothes preferences are hoodies and tees rather than suits and ties. 

CJ McCollum Entering Arena
CJ McCollum Entering Arena (Source: Twitter)

Although not a shoe collector, McCollum likes to collect jerseys from his favorite players, including his brother, Errick McCollum.

House & Cars

CJ McCollum’s car collection includes Mercedes Benz, Ford, GMC, and Chevrolet.

He lives in a $1.6 million mansion in West Linn in the same neighborhood as Damian Lillard.

Holidays & Family

CJ McCollum has frequently been to European countries where he used to watch his brother play.

In 2016 and 2018, McCollum visited Turkey, where his brother played for Galatasaray. Likewise, during his rookie year, he visited Athens, Greece.

During the off-season in 2019, McCollum went to the Bahamas to swim with sharks and later to Italy that same year. 

CJ McCollum is married to Elise Esposito McCollum, a dentist by profession. The couple shares a son Jacobi James McCollum, who was born on January 10, 2022.

Controversy 

In a 2022 Interview with ESPN, CJ McCollum first time publicly addressed Kyrie Irving‘s social media post about an anti-Semitic film controversy.

McCollum emphasized the apology Kyrie uploaded after his suspension from Brooklyn Nets and hoped all NBA players learn from Irving’s fallout.

McCollum also added the delayed timing of his statement was due to him needing to gather all information on the matter before speaking out.

Net Worth Of CJ McCollum In Different Currencies

Here is the net worth of CJ McCollum in different currencies, including the Pound and Indian Rupee.

Currency Net Worth
Euro €13,196,960
Pound Sterling £11,699,100 
Australian Dollar A$20,761,034
Canadian Dollar C$19,022,500
Indian Rupee ₹1,152,795,000 
BitCoin ฿625

Professional Career & Stats

CJ McCollum was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers in the 2013 NBA Draft as the 10th overall pick.

However, due to injury and lack of playing time, McCollum could not make his mark at the NBA in the first two seasons.

But after the departure of 4 starters, he filled the shooting guard position. He started in 80 games for the Blazers, recording 20.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, and 4.3 APG. 

Furthermore, McCollum also successfully claimed the NBA’s Most Improved Award in the 2015-16 season. 

Likewise, on 26th January 2019, McCollum registered his first triple-double (38 points,10 rebounds,10 assists) in a 120-111 victory over Atlanta Hawks. 

McCollum recorded 24.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG, and 3.7 APG during the playoffs to help Blazers reach conference finals. However, they suffered a 4-game sweep against the Warriors. 

In the 2020-21 season, McCollum became the 2nd player in NBA history to score 25+ points in the first five matches.

With the Pelicans, McCollum scored 42 points in a 127-116 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on December 30, 2022, including 11 three-pointers which were the Pelicans franchise record for the most three-pointer made in a game.

Charity

CJ McCollum always gives back to communities to bring reform. He received November NBA Cares Community Assist Award in 2016. 

In November 2016, McCollum opened CJ McCollum Dream Center in several Oregon communities. He designed and funded the space personally. 

McCollum wants to encourage youth to focus on education and career development. He also provided books, computers, TV, printer, furniture, and artwork. Later, he opened more Dream Centers.

Besides, McCollum mentors high school scholars interested in journalism through THE CJ Press Pass Program. 

During the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, McCollum made a $170k donation for the relief effort.

He also donated $100k to Akron-Canton Food Bank, which provided about 40,000 meals across Canton areas.

Likewise, he made a $70k donation to Portland Metro Area Boys and Girls Club. 

Interesting Facts

  • During college, CJ promised his mom he would complete a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh before entering the NBA Draft. Later, on 20th May 2013, Mccollum completed his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Furthermore, he is the only player from Lehigh in the NBA. 
  • CJ McCollum’s brother Erik McCollum II is also a professional basketball player. His brother is three and a half years older than him. McCollum has mentioned if his brother hadn’t pushed him, he would not have been an NBA player.
  • CJ McCollum married his long-time girlfriend, Elise McCollum, in 2020. They started dating in 2013 and got engaged in 2018. They met at Lehigh University, and Elise is a dentist who graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. 

Quotes

  • “I think, in moderation, taunting is a part of life.” 
  • “I’m not just a dumb basketball payer who got lucky and graduated from college. My ratio from professor to student was nine-to-one, so it wasn’t like I wasn’t going to class. I was going to class every day.” 
  • “You have to learn how to win in this league. It’s a process.”

Search Graph

CJ McCollum’s search graph illustrates the higher percentage of fluctuation.

Search Graph Of CJ McCollum Showcases Graph Fluctuation
CJ McCollum’s Search Graph (Source: Google Trend)

The above graph illustrates the search rate for the past 12 months.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

What is the salary of CJ McCollum?

CJ McCollum signed with New Orleans on Sept. 26, 2022, in a 2-years/$64 million contract. His salary for the 2022-23 season is $35.8 million.

Which shoes does CJ McCollum wear?

CJ McCollum wears his 2021 released signature shoe Li-Ning CJ1. Before that he wore Li-Ning's popular Speed, Sonic, and YuShuai lines.

Does CJ McCollum own a wine?

CJ McCollum is a wine lover and owns a wine label named McCollum Heritage 91, named after his family name, the street where he grew up, and birth year.

When and where did CJ and Elise McCollum tie the wedding knot?

The couple tied their wedding knot on September 5, 2020, in Oregon wine country.

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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