Blazers' Lillard interested in locking up supermax extension
Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is eligible for a supermax contract extension this summer and according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Lillard has "sent signals" he's interested in signing it.
This makes Lillard different than All-Stars such as Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis, who have at least one eye on the door (or both, in the case of Davis).
Lillard, 28, has two years and $60 million left on his contract. The Blazers are expected to offer the extension this summer.
He's in the same position as John Wall, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, all of whom extended their contracts early when they became supermax eligible and locked in deals worth more than $200 million," Windhorst reported. "This is how the owners hoped this would work when the supermax was installed, hugely reward franchise players and lock them down long before free agency."
Lillard was drafted by the Blazers with the sixth overall pick in 2012. He is averaging 26.4 points, 6.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds this season.
As Windhorst explained, Lillard's likely placement on an All-NBA team this season makes him eligible for a supermax.