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Report: Blazers’ Damian Lillard working toward 4-year, $196 million supermax extension

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Star point guard Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers are “working toward agreement” on a four-year supermax contract extension, per The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania.

The deal would net the four-time All-Star $196 million following the expiration of his current deal, which ends after the 2020-21 season.

Lillard has been a pillar for the Trail Blazers in his seven-year NBA tenure. Portland drafted the Weber State product sixth overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. Lillard would go on to earn Rookie of the Year honors in his freshman year before earning a spot on the All-Star team in just his second year. 

The Oakland native has also been known to compete with the best in the most important spots, often carrying his team to the brink and finally taking the Blazers to the Western Conference Finals this past postseason, eventually losing to the Golden State Warriors in a four-game sweep.

Nonetheless, Lillard has put up staggeringly great numbers in his young career and will be firmly part of Portland’s future for years to come, growing from the shadow of the LaMarcus Aldridge era and into his own generation. He’s arguably a top-three point guard in league, part-time rapper, and role model for his teammates.

He has twice made game-winning and series-clinching buzz-beating shots, once to eliminate the Houston Rockets and the other coming this year to crush the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In 549 career games (all with Portland), Lillard has averaged 23.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.3 assists, shooting 43.4% from the field, 36.8% from 3-point range, and 88.9% from the free throw line.