Lillard’s confidence and appreciation for McCollum playing through pain when the Blazers need him as they make their final playoff push is yet another layer of the duo’s special relationship. He’s a little bit banged up. He’s making no excuses or looking for no way out. He’s thuggin’ it out for the team and being out there for us, and fortunate for us, him doing that meant he was out there for those last free throws and came through for us. — Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard on CJ McCollum
June 25, 2022 | 3:24 pm EDT Update
Aaron J. Fentress: Source: Blazers fully guarantee Josh Hart’s contract that will pay him $12.9 million next season. Deadline was today. There is a mutual option for the following season. This was absolutely a no-brainer. #RipCity
JD Shaw: The Philadelphia 76ers are bringing guard Malik Ellison to summer league, his agent Jerry Dianis tells @HoopsRumors. Ellison is the son of Pervis Ellison, who was drafted No. 1 overall in 1989. He signed a 10-day deal with the Atlanta Hawks this season.
JD Shaw: DJ Funderburk has committed to play with the Utah Jazz during the Salt Lake City Summer League and Las Vegas Summer League, agent Cervando Tejeda tells @HoopsRumors. Funderburk played in Russia and France this past season.
Sean Highkin: Joe Cronin: “The goal is to win a championship. It’s plain and simple for us. We’re not content just making the playoffs and winning a round or two. Our goal is to take this to the peak and push it to the limit.”