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Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard will seek the designated player maximum contract – a full five-year deal – in a possible extension this upcoming offseason, league sources told RealGM. The Blazers will address the immediate futures of LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews when the July free agency begins, but the franchise is also expected to start talks on a new deal with Lillard this summer. RealGM

Lillard, sources said, has no plans to consider signing an extension less than the designated max – nor would the two-time NBA All-Star and 2013 Rookie of the Year be financially inclined to do so given 2016’s rising free agency market, when upward of 20 teams could extend $20 million-plus offer sheets to Lillard. RealGM

April 29, 2015 Updates

But right about this time, the momentum changed. Right about this time, Lillard delivered an impassioned talk during a huddle on the Blazers' bench, lighting a fire under his teammates. "He was like, 'We won't lose this game,'" Batum said. "He started everything." Lillard has delivered plenty of passionate pep talks in his three years in the NBA, but this was different. "I've never seen him like that," Batum said. "Not like that. Not with so much passion. There was blood in his eyes." Oregonian

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His shot is off. His pace has been rushed. And the combination of Mike Conley and Beno Udrih have run circles around him and the Blazers' defensive schemes. "Obviously,'' Lillard said, "I'm not helping the team. But I have to stick with it.'' Oregonian

April 21, 2015 Updates

There was whooping and hollering coming from the Trail Blazers locker room Tuesday afternoon, and shortly after, there was a long round of applause. Hardly the sounds one would expect to hear from a team coming off a demoralizing and thorough Game 1 defeat in the NBA playoffs. But before Tuesday's practice, the Blazers surprised late-season signee Tim Frazier with two trophies – the NBA Development League Rookie of the Year and the D-League's Most Valuable Player Trophy. "We were happy for him,'' Blazers point guard Damian Lillard said. "It seems like he has been here all season with how fast he has grown onto us. It was a great moment because getting to know him you see how hungry he is to be an NBA player.'' Oregonian

April 20, 2015 Updates
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Damian Lillard just made these elderly folks’ days. The Trail Blazers guard sent new pairs of his Adidas D Lillard 1 kicks to a group of Portland-area seniors. And they were absolutely elated. “Just because I’m not 29 anymore doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have something this beautiful,” one woman says in the video above, smiling. The crowd got even more excited when Lillard himself walked in — an adorable reminder that NBA fans can be any age. For The Win

April 16, 2015 Updates

And the words that followed are what should stir even the biggest doubters of his defense: "I don't know how much you all pay attention to me and what I do,'' Lillard said coolly. "If there's anything you should know it's I ain't scared or none of that. "And I ain't going to listen to what someone says about me and be OK with that. I'm going to go show. I show up. If anybody says I don't show up, then I don't know what they have been watching. I will say that: I'm going to show up.'' And with that, Lillard grabbed his bag and left the locker room. Game 1 isn't until Sunday in Memphis, but to Lillard, the NBA playoffs had already started. Oregonian

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As Lillard was finding his way at Weber State, Nash was always example No. 1 that he could achieve anything from anywhere. "He's always been an inspiration," Lillard said. "I was always a fan. I'm from the Bay Area, so I knew of him at Santa Clara." Oregonian

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