Portland Trail Blazers Rumors
Question has been, though, which dream will Connaughton pursue? “That’s the million-dollar question – literally,” said Connaughton, picked in the fourth round, 38th overall, of the 2014 amateur baseball draft by the Orioles and in the second round, 41st overall, by the Nets in the 2015 NBA draft before being traded to the Trail Blazers. The answer, for now, is basketball. Connaughton signed a three-year, rookie-scale contract with the Trail Blazers last week, with the first two years guaranteed at roughly $1.5 million, according to spotrac.com. He will put his baseball career on hold as he begins his NBA journey. “You kind of have to expect it if you want to succeed,” Connaughton said. “There’s a work ethic you need to keep.”
Playing both sports professionally offers some logistical challenges, which seems right up Connaughton’s alley. “In a perfect world, that’s what I’m shooting for,” said Connaughton, a 6-foot-5, 215-pounder. “Obviously you have to be realistic. You have to figure out how you can succeed. It’s not something I’m expecting.”
Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has been churning out music this summer. His latest track titled “Tell Me Why” is the third in a string of rap songs Dame DOLLA has shared with the public during the offseason.
Why I played hoop at three high schools? Why they ain’t respect my game? Why they had me ranking behind dudes? Why wasn’t Carolina having me scouted? Why I lead the nation scoring just to hit the league and be doubted? Why I get angry when I’m blessed to the max?