The deal would net the four-time All-Star $196 million following the expiration of his current deal, which ends after the 2020-21 season. Agree. This past season, he averaged 25.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.1 steals per game during the regular season. To be clear: Given that Portland hasn’t historically been a top free-agent destination, plus the fact that Lillard has repeatedly voiced his desire to stay and play for the Blazers, the front office should not (and probably will not) think twice about giving him that deal. JULY 6: The Trail Blazers have officially signed Lillard to his super-max extension, the team announced today in a press release. A cap rise over the span of Lillard’s would-be contract is likely, but will it be incremental, or a high jump like it was in the summer of 2016? They just keep going, keep doing the same stuff. He’s better than being the second-best guard. Rodgers and Brady have squared off just twice in their careers, and each has won a game. Now, Lillard will run it back at least six more times after his massive new contract extension. With playoff elimination comes the harsh reality of the NBA offseason—namely, the team-building talk that excites fans of the league but probably has general managers pulling their hair out. “We’re one step away from the Finals, and I see it’s the maturity and understanding how steady you have to be,” Lillard said, per Haynes. And even if the Lillard-McCollum twosome can come close to matching the Warriors’ backcourt on a good day, Portland needs—and really, for years has needed—something else to push it over the top. Another factor is the sale of the team, which is reportedly likely to happen sometime in the next few years, since owner Paul Allen died in 2018. If the team and city and player hadn’t been weaved together in such a tight fashion already, that shot sealed it: If the Blazers can help it, Lillard will not play for another franchise for the rest of his career. Not if he wins them a chip. Despite getting swept by the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, Lillard took great pride in his team's 2018-19 season, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports: "Look at what we did this year. Currently, Lillard is under contract for two more seasons and is owed $62 million. Damian Lillard averaged 26.9 ppg during the Blazers' 2019 playoff run. NBA.com is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network. Yep, thereâs a massive wide open window that just opened up in the Great NW. So, looking at that, we were still able to get here. Lillard, coming off one of his best seasons as a pro, averaged 25.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, and a career-high 6.9 APG in 80 games for Portland on his way to being named All-NBA Second Team for the 2018/19 campaign. And not only here, we had double-digit leads in three of the four games. He scores… record guaranteed millions! To date in the playoffs, he ranks fifth in scoring (26.9 ppg), ninth in assists (6.6 apg) and leads in total minutes played (650). We’ve never been this far in the playoffs, so I think the experience is something you need. Lillard and Portland are expected to come to terms on a supermax deal this summer, which would be for four years and $191 million, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. There are a couple of unknown factors as to the effect Lillard’s extension would have on the Blazers over the next few seasons, namely that we’re not sure what the cap will look like two, three, or five years from now. Lillard is set to make $29.8 million next year and $31.6 million in the 2020-21 season, the final year of the five-year, $139.8 million deal he signed in 2016. In-depth mock drafts, team needs, and scouting reports from Kevin O’Connor and our other NBA experts. Given what he's meant to the organization and city, and what they've meant to him, that only seems appropriate. He has twice made game-winning and series-clinching buzz-beating shots, once to eliminate the Houston Rockets and the other coming this year to crush the Oklahoma City Thunder. Plus: Is it too early for Christmas music? We were one step away [from the Finals]. And it's hard to imagine the Blazers ever wanting to cut ties with Lillard. During his tenure, the Rockets GM did everything but win a title while dealing with ownership that wouldn’t authorize championship-level spending. Please login to leave a reply. The environment we've created is something I've been a part of and something I want to continue to be a part of.". Iâd take them in a Conference finals over LAL next season, as long as LAL donât acquire Kawhi lol. We were in some positions where we weren’t able to capitalize. Star point guard Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers are “working toward agreement” on a four-year supermax contract extension, per … I think getting here is reassuring that we can get the job done.”. And it's hard to imagine the Blazers ever wanting to cut ties with Lillard. It may be a short lived window of opportunity, however. Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers are reportedly expected to agree to terms on a four-year, $191 million supermax contract extension this offseason, according to Yahoo! Why, like there is a line of 25 year old MVP candidate free agents waiting to sign with Portland? Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that the two sides have agreed on a deal, with Lillard also set to receive a player option for the 2024/25 season. Since the strike in 2011, the small market owners have controlled the ownership group. It is said (by me?) Love his game, attitude, etc. It seems a safe bet at this point that the Weber State product will be a Blazer for the entirety of his career. Although the Blazers were swept out of that series last night, the franchise is apparently set to reward Lillard this summer. 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