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Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard
Position: G
Born: 07/15/90
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:194 lbs. / 88.4 kg.
Salary: $4,236,286
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Lillard on Monday shared the song “Heat Wave” on his Soundcloud page, the first track from his debut EP, which is set to come out on Sept. 21. Lillard first introduced the basketball world to his love of rap music with the Instagram movement #4BarFriday, which encouraged amateur rappers to share their brief songs weekly on social media. He’s released six songs during the offseason and announced in early August that he had a completed rap album on the way.
via Oregonian
It’s ironic that Olshey fired assistant coach Kim Hughes for intimating in an interview before free agency began that Aldridge was leaving Portland, when it appeared the Trail Blazers were preparing for that possibility all along. As last season progressed, it became apparent Aldridge was leaving after nine years with the team. “We had a lot of veteran free agents, [but our offseason plan] was all based on LaMarcus’s decision,” Olshey said. “We had brought some guys in prior to July 3 when LaMarcus informed us he wasn’t coming back, that we felt could play either way — they could be really good additions to our current group or they could be guys we could move in another direction. We were preparing for this opportunity. We were kind of trying to play both ends against the middle and then LaMarcus informed us he wasn’t coming back, so we went full bore with guys in the same career arc as Damian Lillard.
via Boston Globe
After a busy summer that included his wedding, some basketball and, last night, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Hillsboro Hops game, Meyers Leonard is fired up for another NBA season. And fired up to help Damian Lillard with leadership on this year’s team. “Obviously, Dame and I are the guys who have been here the longest and he’s going to be our leader. But I hope to be right there by his side, kind of a co-leader, right there having his back through the ups and downs,” Leonard said Thursday night in Hillsboro.
via CSNNW.com
At around the 20 minute mark of the podcast, Olshey also talked in detail about the type of deals both Aminu and Ed Davis signed. With both contracts being descending deals meaning the money is front-loaded where the players earn less each year after the first year of the contract. Portland did this because they had to max out Damian Lillard who is on an ascending deal, meaning the money is back-loaded and he will earn more in each year of his deal. The Blazers felt this gave them more balance and flexibility if they want to make trades or sign other players down the road. This portion of the podcast is definitely worth listening in on.
via Oregonian
But Lillard didn’t have to be sold on the youth movement, Olshey said, though it will likely result in a rare lottery trip for an organization that has made the postseason in five of the past seven seasons. “I think Dame wants to play with guys who want to be in Portland,” Olshey said. “When LaMarcus informed us he wasn’t coming back, we went full bore with guys on the same career arc as Damian Lillard. Damian is our best player. … We want to have guys that when we are successful, it can be sustainable. That they’re all going to grow with our best players and that that will become the new core of guys that we’re growing with.”
via Washington Post
Aldridge, 30, chose to chase a ring with the Spurs rather than stick around for the sentimentality of playing for one organization throughout his career. “I think everybody knew it was going to be a close decision. It wasn’t an easy decision for him and it came down to the last minute. I certainly respect him for it because it was difficult,” Stotts said. “Personally, I thanked him for the three years that I was here with him. He had a great career in Portland and earned the right to be a free agent. We’re going to miss him. He’s moved on, we move on.”
via Washington Post