Dame is also extension eligible this offseason. So how does this injury impact his future plans here? Brian Windhorst: This is something that obviously we’re talking about $100 million decision in the offseason to add two years to his contract. That is obviously going to be something discussed very deeply in the coming weeks. However, in talking to folks around Dame, this is not something that Dame is worried about. Dame is trying to get healthy. Dan wants to remain in Portland, and the contract extension will come as a normal course of business as most players who have two years left on their contract.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Lillard has repeatedly expressed his commitment to want to remain in Portland on his current long-term contract, and interim GM Joe Cronin has also expressed a strong commitment to continue building the franchise around the All-NBA guard.
Lillard wants a two-year, $107 million extension in July, and he and his agent need the next general manager to sell ownership on the idea. As much as anything, this cuts to the core of the Blazers' search process. His desire for an extension into his advanced NBA years has turned into a battle for the franchise's future, an existential threat to reshaping and redirecting the organization in a post-playoff reality.
Among several top-level GM candidates who fit the profile of Portland's applicant pool, there's no enthusiasm to grant Lillard his massive extension contract through the 2026-27 season. In fact, several executives told ESPN they would be far more interested in the Blazers job with ownership's blessing to move Lillard sooner than later.
Now, Lillard's group is privately selling the idea of trading his veteran teammates with value and rebuilding around him -- on that extension. Some candidates initially believed that Lillard's reps would have input with ownership on the next GM, but that has faded quickly. Rival GMs knew they had to work directly with Olshey to get deals done with the Blazers, that he had full autonomy to make decisions.
Jared Weiss: Blazers and Damian Lillard got their four-year, $194 million extension done right after the playoffs ended, per source familiar with the deal.
Bobby Marks: Here is the breakdown of the Damian Lillard supermax extension with Portland: $43.75, $47.25, $50.75 and $54.25 million. Lillard will become the first $50 million player in NBA history and $257 million in combined salary (current and new money) is the most in league history.
The four-year deal, which will begin in 2021-22, includes a player option in the final year, sources said. Lillard, the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year, earned second-team All-NBA honors this season, making him supermax eligible.
Bobby Marks: four-year supermax extension for Damian Lillard would be $183.45M based off the $117M projected 2020-21 cap. Five-year rookie extension max for Ben Simmons would be $169.65M.
Tim Bontemps: The NBA has announced its All-NBA teams. By being named to one of the three teams, Damian Lillard is now eligible for four-year, $191 million extensions this summer, and Kemba Walker is eligible to sign a five-year, $221 million deal as a free agent July 1. No Beal or Thompson.
Albert Nahmad: Players eligible for “super-max” this summer if earn All-NBA honors: - Kemba Walker: 5/$221M (starting 2019-20) - Klay Thompson: 5/$221M (starting 2019-20) - Bradley Beal: $4/191M (starting 2021-22) - Damian Lillard: 4/$191M (5/$247M if signed next summer) (starting 2021-22)
January 17, 2022 | 9:05 pm EST Update
Chris Kirschner: Atlanta’s 10-game home losing streak is done. They get their first home win since Nov. 22 and beat the Bucks 121-114. Hawks are now 18-25. Young: 30/4/11, 7/17 FG Hunter: 20/9, 6/17 FG Collins: 16/12 Okongwu: 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry isn’t listed on the injury report tomorrow against the Pistons. He will return to open the Warriors’ homestand. Gary Payton II is questionable. Missed the previous two games with back spasms.
Tom Orsborn: Zach Collins said he “believes” the plan is for him to play one more game with Austin on Friday. “Then after that, if that goes well, and the ankle responds to that well, then I should be going back up (to the Spurs),” he said.