CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers said that the Lakers could have brought “World War 2” type of situation in the NBA this summer.

Even though the reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard already wrapped up the move to Los Angeles issue, some in NBA still have a lot to say about it. Trail Blazers’ rising star McCollum sat with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski in “The Woj Pod” to discuss certain things about the NBA these days. During the lengthy talk, Wojranowski took the opportunity to gather some insights from McCollum regarding the blockbuster trades this summer.

As expected, one of the past issues that were brought up was Leonard’s decision to move to LA right after winning his second NBA championship. According to McCollum, he was not really “involved” in the process but was hoping that the NBA superstar would not choose the Lakers.

“I wasn’t really as involved in the process as I would normally be. But deep down I was hoping he didn’t go there (Lakers),” McCollum revealed.

McCollum then admitted that as an NBA player, he want to win a championship. And should Leonard had chosen to join LeBron James and Anthony Davis, it would have been a “serious problem.”

“You wanna be in a position to win championships. Lookin’ at that roster, they would have been a serious problem,” McCollum admitted.

The 27-year-old Blazers star further explained why he thought that Leonard to the Lakers would be a big hurdle for his team. In a unique fashion, McCollum compared the trio of Leonard, James and Davis to “World War 2.”

“You got Lebron already a problem, you got AD a super problem. Now you add him (Leonard) and it becomes like a “World War 2” type of situation where they got the grenades, they got atomic bombs, all in one,” McCollum explained.

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Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors runs down the floor in the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on January 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images

McCollum then continued by admitting that he was finally relieved when he learned that Leonard chose the Clippers over the Lakers.

“I was relieved, I was like that’s good at least he didn’t go to the Lakers,” McCollum admitted.

The Clippers may have reintroduced the “Duo” type of team back in the NBA when they managed to sign Leonard and Paul George. Just this summer alone, two new power duos have been put in place.

Russell Westbrook decided to form a new duo force by reuniting with former Thunder teammate James Harden in Houston. While back East, Westbrook and Harden’s former teammate Kevin Durant built one of the most anticipated duo in the NBA by joining Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn.

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LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, March 4, 2019. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images