Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers agree to a two-year contract deal.

Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers agree to a two-year contract deal.

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The All-Star point guard demonstrates his continuous devotion to Portland by extending his current contract.

Damian Lillard, a six-time All-Star who has spent his whole career in Portland, is proud of his new contract with the Trail Blazers.

“I don’t believe you earn something like this simply by going out and scoring a lot of points,” he stated. “Something that is lacking in our league is character, fight, passion, and pride about, you know, not just the name on the back, but the name on the front, and how you affect the people you come into contact with.”

Through the 2026-27 season, Lillard has signed a two-year deal. According to a person familiar with the negotiations, the agreement is for $225 million.

Lillard officially signed the deal while his son sat on his knee and his grandma in Oakland observed via phone. Saturday evening, he spoke at a news conference during the NBA’s summer league in Las Vegas.

Lillard will earn approximately $59 million in 2025-26, followed by approximately $63 million the following season, a source told The Associated Press on Friday under the condition of anonymity because the contract extension has not yet been publicized.

Lillard stated that the club is heading in the right direction.

“I’m more eager than ever to get out there and make things happen,” he remarked. “I’m in an excellent mental and physical state. I’m going into this season confident and prepared to perform at the greatest level.”

Lillard, who will turn 32 on July 15, stated that in addition to repairing his body during the previous several months, he also received a mental break that he believes will make him a better player in the future.

“In my entire career, I haven’t been injured. When I was in college, I shattered my foot, the only injury that has kept me out of competition. And there was my final opportunity to step away,” he remarked. “I did not reinvent myself; rather, I just recharged and returned better than ever before.”

In his career, he has averaged 24.6 points per game. As part of the NBA’s 75th anniversary celebration this past season, he was named as one of the top 75 players in the league.