Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard will seek a full five-year, designated player maximum contract extension when those discussions happen this offseason, according to RealGM’s Shams Charania.
This should come as no surprise, as Lillard has blossomed into one of the most promising young point guards in the NBA, even despite the Blazers’ disappointing end to the season. He won Rookie of the Year in 2013 and is also a two-time All-Star. There are concerns about his defense, but he’s still young and can improve on that end with more work.
If Lillard signs a max extension, it would come into effect in 2016, right when the new TV money comes into the league. With the salary cap set to explode to around $90 million that year, the youngster could make over $22 million in the first year of that new deal.
While Lillard’s future is obviously important to the Blazers, the more pressing matters involve LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews hitting free agency. Aldridge is said to already have a wandering eye, while Matthews’s free agency is complicated by his Achilles injury.