After years of coming short, Damian Lillard managed to get the Portland Trail Blazers to the Western Conference Finals in 2018/19 NBA season. And now he is getting a reward for his effort.
According to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania, Blazers will make Lillard one of the highest paid players in the NBA by signing him to a super-max four-year extension that is worth $196 million. The agreement includes a $54.3 million player option in the last year of this extension.
Lillard’s current deal, which he signed back in 2015, runs through the 2020-21season and pays him $61 million.
Lillard comes off a tremendous regular season in which he averaged 25.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.1 steals and helped Portland clinch the third spot in the West. He had even better playoff run, which saw the Trail Blazers eliminate Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets en route to Western Conference Finals where they were eliminated by Golden State Warriors.
Portland Trail Blazers drafted Damian Lillard 6th overall in 2012 NBA Draft and he immediately made his impact on the league by winning a Rookie of the Year award in his first season in NBA. Lillard became a face of the franchise following LaMarcus Aldridge’s departure in 2015 and made a name for himself as one of the best guards in the league. He also led Portland to playoffs appearance in each of the past six years.
Lillard’s career highlights include four NBA All-Star appearances and one All-NBA First Team honor.