NBA Rumor: Damian Lillard Extension

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Lillard, Blazers extension coming?

Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers are expected to come to terms over the summer on a four-year, $191 million supermax contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Lillard would officially qualify for the supermax if he’s voted to one of the three All-NBA Teams, which is virtually a lock for the four-time All-Star. Lillard has two years and approximately $62 million remaining on his current deal. The extension would put him under contract for the next six years, and he’d be 34 years old by the time the deal expires, perhaps solidifying his status as arguably the greatest Trail Blazer of all time.

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3 years ago via ESPN

Extension for Damian Lillard this offseason?

The signs are pointing toward Lillard being interested in a Blazers extension offer this summer. Unlike other stars such as Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Anthony Davis, who asked for trades instead of signing the supermax, Lillard has sent signals that he’s interested in locking up a quarter of a billion in the days leading up to his 29th birthday in July. In the wake of the Jusuf Nurkic injury, which reminded everyone how unpredictable the game can be, it makes a lot of sense.
3 years ago via ESPN

There’s some uncertainty with the Blazers and their ownership situation. Though nothing firm has been announced, with Paul Allen’s death there is a possibility the team could be sold, which could change everything. Just last season, Lillard had a meeting with Allen to discuss the direction of the franchise, which was a little unsettling to the fan base. That said, these days Lillard is feeling very settled. Whatever frustrations he talked to Allen about have calmed, sources report, and he’s very comfortable with his commitment to the Blazers. There are no Lillard concerns about ownership uncertainty right now, I’m told.
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May 26, 2022 | 9:03 pm EDT Update
Schmitz is expected to remain with ESPN through the June 23 NBA Draft, and formally begin his duties with Portland in July. The Blazers have the seventh overall pick in 2022 Draft. Schmitz, 32, has been a draft analyst for ESPN since 2017, and worked previously for DraftExpress and as a video coordinator with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA’s G League in 2012-2013.

May 26, 2022 | 8:27 pm EDT Update