Damian Lillard RUMORS & NEWS

  • Blazers Pick Up Fourth-Year Option on Damian Lillard

    Blazer's Edge "The Trail Blazers announce that they're picking up the fourth-year option on Damian Lillard's rookie-scale contract, ensuring he'll remain with the team through 2016. The Portland Trail Blazers released good, but unsurprising, news today, picking up the fourth-year option on point guard Damian..." September 30

  • Lillard's diet, the crazy big men and a load of notes from Blazers media day

    Portland Tribune "Damian Lillard said the biggest change he made during the offseason was with his diet. "I stopped eating fast foods," the All-Star point guard said. "Stopped drinking sodas. No salt, no sugar. The only sugar comes from fruit. "It's been 2 1/2 months. I feel great. I wake up in the morning..." September 30

  • Gary Payton challenges Damian Lillard to become a better defender

    CSN Northwest "If Damian Lillard wishes to take his game to extraordinary heights, Hall of Fame point guard Gary Payton believes that in order to do so the Portland Trail Blazers’ franchise point guard must become serious about his defense. And if he is serious about it, Payton suggests that he take the..." June 14

  • Damian Lillard's Adidas deal is worth 'well over $100 million'

    CBSSports.com "When Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard signed his new deal with Adidas last month, we knew the deal was big, but not exactly how big. Now, USA Today has a few more details, straight from his agent's mouth: When it comes to the business of basketball and one man's brand, no one has..." May 12

  • Spurs targeting Lillard’s defensive deficiencies

    San Antonio Express-News "Even though at least one measure suggests he’s actually worse, it probably wouldn’t be fair to compare the defense of Portland point guard Damian Lillard to that of notorious matador James Harden. Lillard at least seems to try, compared to whatever it is the Bearded One does on the uglier end..." May 08

  • Blazers beat Rockets in playoff opener with record-setting performances from LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard

    Oregonian "A few hours before Game 1, Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was surrounded by a horde of reporters at the team’s morning shootaround, spouting off a few clichés and cracking a sly joke here and there without revealing a care in the world. Just before the brief question-and-answer session was..." April 21

  • Damian Lillard lands mammoth shoe deal with Adidas

    USA Today "Damian Lillard's banner year continued Monday, when the second-year Portland Trail Blazers point guard finalized a new shoe contract with Adidas that is believed to be among the most lucrative of any player in the NBA. While the exact figures of the eight-year deal were not immediately known, a..." April 14

  • Sources: Lillard, adidas on the cusp of finalizing multiyear shoe deal

    CSN Northwest "Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and adidas are on the cusp of finalizing a multiyear, lucrative shoe endorsement deal barring any hiccups, a league source informed CSNNW.com. Once official, an announcement is expected in the coming days. “We’re close,” Lillard told CSNNW.com on..." April 02

  • Damian Lillard Initiates Blazers' First Team Meeting Of Season

    Real GM Basketball "Damian Lillard initiated the Portland Trail Blazers' first team meeting, hash-out session after Wednesday night's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, their fourth straight defeat. Earl Watson, Mo Williams and Dorell Wright were among the players who addressed the team. “I just felt like it was..." March 13

  • Damian Lillard doesn't like Patrick Beverley's psychological tactics

    CBSSports.com "Houston Rockets' guard Patrick Beverley seemingly has two jobs on the court: Be a pest on defense and help the team win. He's pretty good at making both happen. While he doesn't draw the attention of a Dwight Howard, James Harden, or Chandler Parsons, the team is significantly better on both..." March 10

  • Lillard to opt out of adidas shoe deal, detonating bidding war with rivals

    CSN Northwest "Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has performed major moves ever since stepping foot on an NBA court, and now he’s about to make major moves off of it. Lillard, 23, has a profitable rookie shoe endorsement deal with adidas, though that could change abruptly due to clever language in..." February 24

  • Lillard out to win, "compete with all my heart" during All Star weekend

    CSN Northwest "Damian Lillard will make history in New Orleans, as the Blazers point guard will compete in all three events and both games during All Star Weekend. And it's not like he's out just to be in all of the events." February 13

  • Damian Lillard to make history at NBA All Star weekend

    USA Today "Damian Lillard is no stranger to doing things his way in the NBA. The Portland Trail Blazers point guard made that much clear in the Chicago draft combine in the summer of 2012, when he was the only one of the top 10 prospects on hand who chose to take part in all the drills rather than duck..." February 07

  • Davis and Lillard taken as top two picks in the Rising Stars game

    CBSSports.com "The Rising Stars Game is officially set as Charles Barkley, Grant Hill, Chris Webber, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith all made their selections. Taken first overall was Anthony Davis going to Team Webber, with Damian Lillard going second overall to Team Hill. Though the highlight was..." February 07

  • LILLARD VOWS IMPROVEMENT AFTER FEELING ‘EMBARRASSED’ BY HIS DEFENSE

    NBA.com "The DVD of the just-completed game would be dropped off before he left the locker room. Sometimes Damian Lillard would watch later the same night, usually he wouldn’t. Sometimes he would watch on another day, usually he wouldn’t. That went on month after month last season. In the summer, he had..." October 25

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Portland has exercised the third year options on Damian Lilliard Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson.

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    Mike Tokito @mtokito

    Asked Lillard about working w/Gary Payton. "I’m sure I will. The summer is not even close to being over. Hopefully we will."

  • Lillard proud to represent USA, but still has a chip on his shoulder

    CSN Northwest "“Trying on the actual USA uniform at my hotel last night was when it hit me that I made it. I had to take a picture of that moment. I was like, 'This is Team USA.'” Those quotes from Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard after the National Team's first practice said it all in..." July 23

  • Men report attack after snapping photo of Damian Lillard

    Sporting News "Two brothers alleged that people standing near Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard assaulted them after one of the victims took a photo of the NBA Rookie of the Year. The brothers told Portland television station KGW that the suspects were Lillard's "entourage," but police said..." May 21

  • Blazers' Damian Lillard headlines 2012-13 All-Rookie Team

    NBA.com "The Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, the unanimous selection for the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, headlines the 2012-13 NBA All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced today. Lillard was the lone unanimous First Team selection (58 points, 29 First Team votes), while the Washington..." May 15

  • Damian Lillard wins NBA Rookie of the Year in unanimous fashion

    Oregonian "In the most anticlimactic and obvious outcome of the 2013 NBA awards season, Damian Lillard on Wednesday was named the league’s Rookie of the Year. His selection was so irrefutable, Lillard did something only three others before him have done: He won the award unanimously. On the heels of a..." May 02

  • Damian Lillard expected to be named Rookie of the Year

    Oregonian "The Trail Blazers and the NBA have scheduled a news conference on Wednesday for a “major announcement.” Translation: Point guard Damian Lillard officially will be named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. Lillard will become the fourth player in franchise history to earn the award, joining Brandon..." May 01

  • Lillard enters record book as Blazers' late-season free-fall continues

    Oregonian "Nothing, it seems, will prevent the Trail Blazers from ending their once-promising season in bitter fashion. But nothing, it seems, will prevent rookie Damian Lillard from continuing to make history as he and his teammates flounder. The Blazers lost their 12th consecutive game Tuesday..." April 17

  • Blazers rookie Damian Lillard receives NBA 'community assist award' for March

    Oregonian "Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has earned all five Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards this season for his play on the court, On Wednesday, the NBA will honor Lillard for his role off the court. The NBA will announce today that Lillard has earned the league’s Kia Community..." April 10

  • Valanciunas, Lillard nab monthly rookie honors

    NBA.com "The Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas and the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in March. Valanciunas ranked first among Eastern Conference rookies in rebounds (7.3 rpg),..." April 06

  • Damian Lillard has chance to lead NBA in minutes played

    Oregonian "There have been all kinds of remarkable numbers that Damian Lillard has put up this season on his way to winning (barring a Black Sox-level scandal) the NBA's Rookie of the Year award. Here's one you might have overlooked amidst the scoring and three-point shooting: total minutes. As a..." April 04

  • Lillard has goal of being a MVP

    CSN Northwest "After losing to the Utah Jazz 112-102 Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena, Damian Lillard sat at his locker stall, slouched over with a ice bag wrapped on his bruised right shoulder. You could tell he wasn't in the mood for talking. Even after he set an NBA rookie record for most..." April 02

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    Chris Haynes @

    Blazers G Damian Lillard has ice wrap on right shoulder. Sustained injury running into a camera in Atlanta. He's in pain. Says he'll play.

  • Hornets forward Anthony Davis closing gap on Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lilliard

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "In the final month of the NBA regular season, the two closest races could be those for Rookie of the Year and MVP. Each of the contests are tightening as the season winds down. It remains to be seen whether New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis can overtake Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian..." March 25

  • Lillard and Trail Blazers bench lead way in 109-94 win against Minnesota

    Oregonian "The Trail Blazers got a strong game from their bench and 24 points and six assists from Damian Lillard as they defeated the Timberwolves at the Rose Garden. The Blazers won all four games against Minnesota this season, the fifth time in six seasons they have swept the season series against the..." March 03

  • Lillard in no rush to capture top honors at Skills Challenge

    Houston Chronicle "Damian Lillard didn’t have much of a strategy going into Saturday’s Skills Challenge. The biggest thing, the Portland Trail Blazer said, was to simply take his time. “If I missed (a pass), not to run away from it before it goes in so I don’t waste time,” Lillard said. Then he went out and..." February 17

  • Gerald Wallace For Damian Lillard Was One Of The Best Recent Deadline Deals

    Blazer's Edge "Amin Elhassan of ESPN.com (Insider) writes that the Portland Trail Blazers' trade of Gerald Wallace for the 2012 first-round pick used to select guard Damian Lillard was one of the five best trade deadline deals since 2008. 5. Year: 2012 | Teams: Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets..." February 14

  • "Life Goes On" For Blazers G Damian Lillard After 1-For-16 Shooting Night

    Blazer's Edge "Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard shot one-for-16 against the Orlando Magic on Sunday, including zero-for-eight from deep. That marked his worst shooting game as a pro. He finished with four points, 12 assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block. Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com..." February 11