Update (July 2nd): Lillard has agreed to the deal.
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) July 2, 2015
Also, Lillard is on his way to Los Angeles to talk LaMarcus Aldridge into staying.
Another wrinkle in LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes: Damian Lillard is heading to LA to convince his teammate to stay- http://t.co/jOQ7UohXTB
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 2, 2015
Because the LMA story needed more twists.
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LaMarcus Aldridge is likely heading out of town, but star point guard Damian Lillard is about to be a very rich man with the Portland Trail Blazers for years to come. Lillard and the Blazers are closing in on a five-year, $120 million max deal that would make him their designated player, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Like the Anthony Davis deal, the exact number of the contract won’t be known until the cap is officially set next year. Lillard could be eligible for the Derrick Rose Rule that could net him up to 30 percent of the cap if he makes an All-NBA team next year, although he may not get the full 30 percent of the cap if he becomes eligible.
With Aldridge likely leaving, Lillard will be the unquestioned star in Portland moving forward. While there are still some concerns about his defense, Lillard is one of the better scoring point guards in the league, boasting a career scoring average of 20.2 points per game over three seasons.
This was a deal that needed to get done for the Blazers, who have made quite a few moves already this offseason as they prepare for Aldridge leaving. And if Aldridge somehow stayed, the dynamic duo of Lillard and Aldridge will continue to be rock solid in the future.