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The Portland Trail Blazers were swept out of the Western Conference finals by the Golden State Warriors, but the Blazers still understand the value of star point guard Damian Lillard.
And it appears Lillard appreciates the value of the franchise that drafted him.
With that in mind, the Blazers and Lillard are expected to reach an agreement on a $191 million supermax contract extension this summer, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Haynes is a former Blazers beat writer who knows the organization and Lillard well, and pointed out that “Lillard has two years and approximately $62 million remaining on his current deal. The extension would put him under contract for the next six years, and he’d be 34 years old by the time the deal expires, perhaps solidifying his status as arguably the greatest Trail Blazer of all time.”
It is believed that Lillard would seek to include a player option in the contract, Haynes reported.
Lillard just finished his seventh season and is coming off his first trip to the conference finals.
“Look at what we did this year,” Lillard told Haynes. “We played without our starting center [Jusuf Nurkic, who suffered a season-ending leg injury]. We played without CJ [McCollum] toward the end of the season. So, looking at that, we were still able to get here.
“We were one step away [from the Finals]. And not only here, we had double-digit leads in three of the four games. I think getting here is reassuring that we can get the job done.”
Lillard turns 29 in July. He averaged 25.8 points, 6.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 80 regular-season games. He increased his scoring averaged to 26.9 points in the playoffs.