NBA: It has been less than one week since the Portland Trail Blazers’ season ended, as they were knocked out by the Denver Nuggets. Damian Lillard has not made it quite certain whether or not he will be with the franchise next year.
In a text response to a series of questions from The Athletic’s Jason Quick about the state of the Blazers, Lillard didn’t say much.
“I have no comments about anything,” the six-time All-Star said.
Even though Lillard did not want to say anything at this moment, he said a lot during his postgame press conference after the Blazers’ Game 6 loss to the Denver Nuggets that ended their season:
“I don’t know what a shakeup looks like or what changes will be made or could be made, but obviously as is, it wasn’t good enough. We came up short against a team without their starting point guard and shooting guard (Will Barton and Jamal Murray). … Obviously, where we are isn’t good enough to win a championship if it’s not good enough to get out of a first-round series with two of their best three or four players, not on the floor.”
Portland has already made one significant move by agreeing to a mutual parting of ways with head coach Terry Stotts after nine seasons.
Per Jabari Young of CNBC, Lillard plans to see what the Blazers and general manager Neil Olshey do this offseason before he makes any decisions about his future.
Damian Lillard wasting NO TIME getting back in the lab 😤 @Dame_Lillard
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Portland Trail Blazers finances
The Trail Blazers are in a difficult spot to potentially make significant roster changes this offseason. They already have $124.9 million in salary commitments for 2021-22.
Norman Powell could become a free agent if he turns down the $11.6 million player option on his current deal. Carmelo Anthony is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
Damian Lillard Stats
Lillard is the controlling force behind Portland’s progress. The 30-year-old averaged 28.8 points and 7.5 assists per game this season. He made 39.1 percent of his three-point attempts on a career-high 10.5 attempts per contest.
Damian Lillard Contract
Damian Lillard signed a 5 year / $139,888,445 contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, including $139,888,445 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $27,977,689. In 2020-1, Lillard will earn a base salary of $31,626,953, while carrying a cap hit of $31,626,953 and a dead cap value of $31,626,953.
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