NBA free agency: Damian Lillard agrees to two-year, $122 million extension with Trail Blazers, report says

Damian Lillard continues to show loyalty to the Portland Trail Blazers. On Friday, the star guard agreed to a two-year, $122 million extension with the team, according to Yahoo Sports. The extension will keep Lillard in a Trail Blazers uniform through the 2025-26 NBA season, and includes a player option for the 26-27 season.

Lillard now becomes one of the highest total earners in NBA history with an estimated $451 million in career earnings, per Shams Charania. He will earn at least $42 million in each of the next five seasons. Here’s a breakdown of Lillard’s updated contract status, via ESPN’s Bobby Marks:

Lillard, 31, played just 29 games for Portland last season due to an abdominal injury and surgery. Prior to that, he had made four consecutive All-Star teams and he finished in the top 10 in MVP voting multiple times. He was also named one of the 75 greatest players in NBA history as part of the league’s 75th anniversary celebration last season.

After abdominal surgery, Lillard says he feels better and is understandably looking forward to getting back on the court next season.

“I feel good,” Lillard said of watching the Blazers play a Summer League game in Las Vegas on Friday, “It was one of those things that had bothered me for the last four and a half years… Obviously last season I was a slow stepper I was a lot uncomfortable and I wanted to fight I never wanted not to play but it got to the point where I just had to play smarter. I met specialists, and I had to go under the knife.

“I had surgery and it was pretty aggressive rehabilitation, and I came back pretty quickly, and then it was just a matter of building up my strength and getting to grips with some moves,” Lillard added. “Now my body is stronger than it was before in certain areas just because I had to rebuild it from scratch. So I’m happy and excited to be comfortable and to start again. to play… I think moving on to next season, I’ll be more ready to get back into it than I’ve ever been, and more physically prepared to do it too.”

With Lillard sidelined for most of last season, Portland unsurprisingly missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. Now, with a healthy, recharged Lillard and some key offseason additions like Jerami Grant and Gary Payton II, the Trail Blazers will be looking to jump right back into the Western Conference playoff picture next season.


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