Damian Lillard signs extension with Portland Trail Blazers, salary, contract, how much will he earn, latest updates
Damian Lillard has agreed to terms on a two-year NBA contract extension worth A$177 million with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to multiple reports on Saturday (AEST).
ESPN and The Athletic announced the terms of the deal, which is expected to be signed over the weekend as the 31-year-old guard would earn $199 million over the next three seasons before the extension for the 2025-26 campaigns and 2026-27.
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Lillard, who spent his entire 10-year NBA career with the Trail Blazers, averaged 24.0 points, 7.3 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals a contest for Portland last season , but only played 29 games due to surgery in January for an abdominal injury. .
While Lillard was injured, the Trail Blazers also traded longtime teammate CJ McCollum to the New Orleans Pelicans.
However, he appeared to be in good spirits as he discussed his health while watching NBA Summer League games in Las Vegas.
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“My body is stronger than it was before in some areas,” Lillard said.
The Trail Blazers went 27-55 last season, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2013, when Lillard was the NBA’s rookie of the year.
During Lillard’s time with Portland, the team’s deepest playoff run was the 2019 Western Conference Finals, when the Trail Blazers were swept by Golden State.
Lillard, a six-time NBA All-Star, was a member of the U.S. Olympic team that won gold in Tokyo last year.
He was also selected as a member of the league’s top 75 players as part of the NBA’s 75th anniversary celebration last season.