Damian Lillard: C.J. was chasing him down the court. He sprinted to go get the layup. So it was like, he’s been in the league a long time. So I was just like, “Man, what type of play is that? What’s that about?” And he was like, “Y’all ain’t playing defense.” So I was like, “All right.” And I tried to hit the ball outta his hand. And I didn’t like it. It was that simple. I didn’t like it.
1 day ago via ESPN
Basketball could be an even trickier proposition, because it taxes teams if they exceed a certain amount of total player salary for the season. This year, the Portland Trail Blazers traded a player with a modest contract in order to get under the tax threshold, saving themselves millions. The Cleveland Cavaliers made a series of trades that pushed them over the threshold. Some N.B.A. executives — who would not speak for publication — wondered if the Trail Blazers would need to pay federal tax on the money they avoided in league taxes as a result of a trade.
How do you feel that the Portland Trail Blazers trusted you with a contract not only for this season but for 2018-2019 as well? “I’m really-really happy being with this team. This is the best thing that has happened to me these last two years. Every person here has been exceptional. From the coach to the GM and the management, the staff. All the players are terrific characters. I’m just happy being here.”