Damian Lillard PG POR 2 months ago

Lillard signed a five-year, $120 million extension with the Blazers on Thursday, the Blazer's Edge reports.

The entirety of Lillard's maximum-level deal is guaranteed, with no player options in the latter seasons. Barring LaMarcus Aldridge choosing the Blazers in his quest through unrestricted free agency this summer, Lillard is now the face of the Pacific Northwest's only franchise. No matter how the offseason proceeds, Lillard is poised for a leap in his scoring output, though it remains to be seen if his efficiency will suffer.

Damian Lillard PG POR 2 months ago

Lillard is nearing a five-year, maximum salary deal worth over $120 million, Mark Stein of ESPN reports.

Lillard has certainly earned the extension with his play in the first three seasons, posting career-highs in points (21 per game), rebounds (4.6 per game) and steals (1.2 per game), while adding another 6.2 assists. While he did see a drop in hi three-point shooting (career-low 34.3 percent), his overall field goal percentage was at its highest point in 2014-15 at 43.4, and it will likely keep him with the Trail Blazers for at least five more seasons.

Damian Lillard PG POR 4 months ago

Lillard, who played in all 82 regular season games for the third time in as many campaigns, wants to sign a rookie extension in the offseason, The Oregonian reports. In his exit interview Thursday, he said, "For me, this is where I want to be. Whatever we need to do to make that happen, we'll make happen."

After three impressive seasons to begin his career, Lillard has been aptly honored with the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year award as well as All-Star Game nods in both 2014 and 2015. In the playoffs for the second consecutive year, he was unable to muster similar magic to his series-clinching three-pointer against the Rockets last season. However, during the recently-completed series versus the Grizzlies, he still managed 21.6 points (on 41 percent shooting), 4.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.0 three-pointers in 40 minutes per contest. Lillard is clearly a mainstay in the Blazers' future plans, but with only four other players under contract heading into the summer, the roster around the point guard could be vastly altered.

Damian Lillard PG POR 4 months ago

Lillard scored 22 points (8-19 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 5-6 FT) with six rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in 42 minutes during Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Grizzlies.

Lillard averaged 21.5 points and five assists for the series. His efficiency dropped from the regular season though to 40 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free throw line. It will be interesting to see how the Blazers build around him, but he will head into next season as a solid second round draft pick.

Damian Lillard PG POR 4 months ago

Lillard scored 32 points (12-23 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 7-7 FT) with seven assists, two rebounds and a steal in 39 minutes during Monday's Game 4 win over the Grizzlies.

He's improved his scoring in every game of the series so far, and his impressive performance on Monday helped the Blazers avoid getting swept. Lillard will need another big night on Wednesday if he wants to keep his club alive in the playoffs.

Damian Lillard PG POR 4 months ago

Lillard scored 18 points (5-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT) with two rebounds and a block in 40 minutes during Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Grizzlies.

The Blazers' point guard has been surprisingly quiet through the first two games of the series, and not coincidentally the club now finds itself in an 0-2 hole. Lillard will need to wake up if Portland is going to turn things around on Saturday in Game 3.

Damian Lillard PG POR 5 months ago

Lillard is expected to see his usual minutes load Wednesday against Dallas, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.

Both Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge (foot) are slated to see normal minutes in the regular season finale as the banged-up Blazers prepare for a playoff run. Lillard struggled in his last outing Monday versus Oklahoma City, scoring only 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting in 27 minutes. He's still averaging 21.0 points and 5.8 assists for the month, though.

Damian Lillard PG POR 5 months ago

Lillard scored 36 points (14-26 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with four rebounds, two assists and one block in 39 minutes Monday against the Nets.

Lillard carried the offensive load Monday with LaMarcus Aldridge (rest) out of action. He has made at least two three-pointers in four of his last five games and continues to provide fantasy owners with excellent overall production.

Damian Lillard PG POR 5 months ago

Lillard scored 19 points (7-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT) with seven assists, four rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes during Monday's win over the Suns.

He got the entire fourth quarter off in a blowout win, otherwise Lillard would have been able to pad his line even further. After a couple of weak scoring efforts over the weekend, look for him to get his point total back into the 20s on Wednesday against the Clippers.

Damian Lillard PG POR 5 months ago

Lillard struggled Friday against the Suns, posting just 11 points (4-15 FG, 1-2 FT, 2-6 3Pt) to go with four rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes of action.

Lillard has been shooting just 39 percent from the field over the last five games, and it appears he's in the midst of a slight cold streak in terms of shooting percentage. Still, he's logging 21.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 0.6 steals per game during that span -- resembling his season averages. That being said, owners won't mind a bit of inefficiency from the young guard, who has been fantastic all season.