The Trail Blazers added some wing depth on Thursday trading for veteran swingman Arron Afflalo in a trade with the Denver Nuggets.

The team also added another contributor to The Players’ Tribune to the roster. Second year guard CJ McCollum has already penned three articles for the website, which features the work of professional athletes. Afflalo’s piece for The Player’s Tribune, titled “Portland, Here I Come,” discusses his trade to the Blazers and what he hopes to bring to the franchise, most notably a championship.

As excited as I am about this opportunity, I want to make this clear: I’m here to help this team reach its goal of winning a title. It’s been 38 years since the Trail Blazers last won an NBA championship. It isn’t just enough to be a contender — it’s time for us to show the media, fans and most importantly, ourselves, why we’re a championship-caliber team.

Afflalo, who won’t play for the Blazers tonight in Utah, is expected to make his debut in a Portland uniform on Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies. And if there were any concerns about transitioning from starter to reserve, Afflalo made it clear he’ll accept his back up spot in Portland.

“I’m ready for any role if it means bringing the Larry O’Brien trophy to your city,” Afflalo wrote.

You can check out the full letter on The Player’s Tribune website.

Afflalo expressed similar championship sentiments on his Instagram account earlier on Thursday.

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