HoopsHype Damian Lillard rumors

April 27, 2014 Updates

"The thing is (Sterling) is probably not the only one that feels that way," said Lillard, who learned of the story on Twitter. "I wasn't even aware of who (Sterling) was by name. I think because (racism) goes so far back in our history, that maybe people might think that it doesn't exist. But there might be some people still out there that feel that way." USA Today Sports

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It’s hard to make sense of it considering four players I spoke with — LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum — all say they want Stotts back. It’s hard to fathom there’s danger for the guy who has coached the league’s best offense, and has guided the marked development of Joel Freeland, Will Barton, and Lillard while igniting career-best seasons from Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Batum and Matthews. Yet, from all appearances, Stotts is dangling in the wind. Oregonian

April 16, 2014 Updates

There is a lot of talk about signature shoe deals and it does seem that Lillard and adidas will roll out a Lillard shoe line as part of this new deal. These tend to be very risky for shoe companies, mainly because of the costs involved in crafting all of the products for a dedicated line. The hope is always to hit a home run, but shoe brands are increasingly more interested in outfitting players in existing products or slightly customized versions of products than spinning up player specific products, the miss rate is pretty high. Basketball Insiders

April 14, 2014 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard signed a contract extension with adidas on Monday that will make make him one of the highest-earning endorsers in the NBA. The deal, which can extend to 10 years, could be worth up to $100 million including incentives and options, sources told ESPN.com. It's believed to be the largest shoe deal since Derrick Rose signed a 13-year deal in 2012 that could be worth more than $185 million. LeBron James and Kevin Durant, both of whom are with Nike, are the highest-earning active players when it comes to shoe endorsements. ESPN.com

Adidas has the official apparel deal of the NBA, but only had a 5.5 percent stake of the U.S. basketball market shoe sales market in 2013, according to SportsOneSource, a market retail tracking firm. Nike and the Jordan Brand, which it owns, combined for 92 percent. ESPN.com

Damian Lillard's banner year continued Monday, when the second-year Portland Trail Blazers point guard finalized a new shoe contract with Adidas that is believed to be among the most lucrative of any player in the NBA. While the exact figures of the deal were not immediately known, a person with knowledge of the contract said it is smaller only than that of Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (reportedly $185 million over 13 years with Adidas) and the Miami Heat's LeBron James (reportedly $20 million annually with Nike) among NBA players. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the financial terms are not typically disclosed. USA Today Sports

The structure of Lillard's previous deal was such that he could opt out and renegotiate at this early juncture of his fasttrack career. Adidas would have had stiff competition if they waited any longer, as their window to have exclusive negotiating rights with his agent, Aaron Goodwin of Goodwin Sports Management, recently ended and Nike as well as the Jordan Brand were known to be very interested in luring Lillard away. USA Today Sports

Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard and adidas have finalized a deal that makes it the third richest shoe endorsement deal in history, a source informed CSNNW.com. The deal, according to another source, is an eight-year contract that has the potential to stretch out to 10 years if he reaches certain incentive clauses. We’ve confirmed Lillard’s new contract is slightly less than that of Derrick Rose. CSNNW.com

But there is some concern inside the locker room that Lillard is not held to the same accountabilities that other players are. In other words, his mistakes are often either overlooked, or not held to the same examination as others. That’s not to say there is raging discontent among the ranks when it comes to Lillard. From what I gather, he is respected deeply for his talent, his work ethic and his efforts at becoming a leader. Oregonian

April 12, 2014 Updates

Asked if his affection for Utah meant he might possibly wind up playing someday for the Jazz — whose front office was definitely very interested in drafting Damian before the Trail Blazers beat 'em to the punch in 2012 — Lillard smiled sheepishly and did his best to deflect the question like he would an opponent's entry pass into the paint. "I'm real happy in Portland," he said. "I love the organization, I love the city, and I think that's a great place for me. I fit right in and hopefully I'll be there for my whole career. "It's not often, you know, it doesn't happen too often where people get to spend their whole career with one team, but hopefully I do." Deseret News

"And I got on the court and it was like they cheered me on like I had been here already. And when I became a little more popular and a little more well-known, people recognized me and they were really polite. "And there's a lot more to do here, I think a lot more than people realize is going on in Utah," he said of the state's unfair nothing-to-do-here bad rap. "You think Utah, the first thing people think about is it's a Mormon state, and I think you've got to experience it to see the value here. I tell (my teammates) all the time it's a really nice place. But it's my time and it's my decision on where I like to spend my time at in summers or where I like to go back to, and this is definitely one of those places." Deseret News

April 11, 2014 Updates

What happens when "Portlandia" meets the Portland Trail Blazers? As Thursday's Season 4 episode demonstrated, there was plenty of opportunity for humor as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's feminist bookstore owner characters decided to raise the consciousness of the NBA team's Blazer Dancers. Blazer players LaMarcus Aldridge, Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez and Damian Lillard also turned up. Blazers owner Paul Allen even made an appearance, though in a different sketch. Oregonian

April 2, 2014 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and adidas are on the cusp of finalizing a multiyear, lucrative shoe endorsement deal barring any hiccups, a league source informed CSNNW.com. Once official, an announcement is expected in the coming days. “We’re close,” Lillard told CSNNW.com on Tuesday. “Nothing final yet. I'm excited.” CSNNW.com

March 29, 2014 Updates

Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who had a minor kerfuffle with Houston’s Patrick Beverley earlier this month, said he wishes the Rockets’ point guard nothing but the best with his injured right knee. “I’m sorry to hear it happened to him,’’ Lillard said, moments after finding out following the Blazers’ 91-74 victory in Chicago. “It happens in the game of basketball, in any sport. Hopefully, he will recover from it. I wish the best for him.’’ Oregonian

March 28, 2014 Updates

The outrage has gotten so out of hand that many are suggesting that Stotts’ hold on the team might be slipping in the midst of this slump, thus the reason the organization hasn’t granted him an extension or had his option picked up for next year. When it comes to the players, they say Stotts’ grip is as tight as it’s ever been. “I think our relationship with coach is good,” Damian Lillard told CSNWW.com. “I love coach Stotts. That’s the coach. I think when the boat starts to rock a little bit, that’s when everybody is, ‘Uh oh. What’s going on with the coaches and the players? Why are they losing games?’ It’s tough, but our group is still here. We’re staying together.” CSNNW.com

March 21, 2014 Updates

Key to Portland's offensive execution was Damian Lillard, who shook off nightmare against the Milwaukee Bucks (20 points, 7-for-21 shooting, four assists, and five turnovers) on Tuesday to post 23 points (on 8-for-18 shooting), 10 assists and one turnover against Wall and the Wizards. "[Wall] being one of the elite guards in the league, of course I have to raise my game against him," Lillard told Blazersedge. "I did what my team needed from me. I needed to turn the ball over less and assist more." Blazers Edge

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