Their Cinderella run was cut short for the Portland Trailblazers after getting swept in the Western Conference Finals by the defending Champs. And while “Cinderella run” and “cut short” seem like antonyms, the Blazers had no business being that far into the postseason in the first place.
If not for Damian Lillard, Portland would not be a playoff team. In recognition of his importance to the club, sources indicate the two sides are headed towards a massive contract extension that will keep Dame in town for the next five years.
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.
The contract would earn Lillard approximately $48 million a year and would obviously come with a player option for the final season. It would be one of the largest contracts in NBA history.
For a team like Portland, who has to hold tight any star they can get, it is probably worth it. Although void of any Finals appearances so far, Dame has proven he can deliver some playoff success for a team that has been viewed as underdogs in the West.
Portland, admittedly, has some moves to make before they can really be taken seriously, but by securing Damian, they have a good place to start.