Damian Lillard reaches 2-year, $122M extension with Portland Trail Blazers, sources say

Star point guard Damian Lillard has agreed to a two-year, $122 million contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers that will tie him to the franchise through the 2026-27 season, sources said Andscape’s Marc J. Spears and Bobby Marks ESPN.

Lillard is expected to sign his contract in Las Vegas on Saturday, a source told Spears.

Lillard’s current contract, signed two years ago, runs until the 2024/25 season. The six-time All-Star has already earned $195 million over the past decade as a franchise player, and the new money will take his earnings with the team to more than $450 million.

He played 29 games last season before undergoing abdominal surgery in mid-January to treat an injury he had been struggling with for several years. Lillard averaged 24 points and 7.3 assists but posted a career-low 40% as he struggled with the injury.

Lillard told ESPN in a televised interview early Friday that the time off – while frustrating – should help him in the long run.

“My body is stronger than it was before in certain areas,” Lillard said while watching games in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Lillard, who turns 32 on July 15, also said the mental break along with the physical recovery has been helpful.

The Blazers, who went 27-55 and 13th in the Western Conference, have sought a quick rebuild around Lillard’s return. Two weeks ago, they traded forward Jerami Grant, who played with Lillard on Team USA last summer, and drafted promising No. 7 overall candidate Shaedon Sharpe.

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.

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