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‘The Only Loyal Basketball Player Alive Right Now’: A $100 Million Decision Likely Awaits NBA All Star Has Fans Going Gaga

Damian Lillard has been loyal to Portland ground for his entire NBA career. The Trail Blazers haven’t had much success or growth in recent years, but Lillard has never even hinted he wants to leave.

Since the franchise blessed the fan base and picked Lillard in the 2012 draft, they’ve only made the conference finals once. Many would have left in frustration at not being able to compete for the title. But not Lillard, who has shown time and time again that his will to stick with Rip City can withstand the sting of repeated failure.

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To show their appreciation for Lillard’s unwavering dedication over the years, the Trail Blazers have offered their ace a new contract that will net him a boon. According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the franchise has decided to give him a $100 million contract extension that will match his current deal which runs through the 2024-25 season.

This would keep Lillard in town for the rest of his early years; however, the Blazers wouldn’t want to stop there. The star did not taste the NBA Finals despite having a brilliant individual career. Therefore, the Blazers’ focus this offseason will be to get the ideal assets to complement their ace.

Fans go crazy over Lillard signing extension

The new contract extension will keep Lillard at Rip City until 2027. His signing of this extension speaks volumes about his loyalty to the Blazers.

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Seeing this unfold, fans couldn’t help but go crazy at the thought of Dame getting the massive expansion.

Trail Blazers are already making progress in the offseason to help Damian Lillard

Many players have left Rip City in search of a breath of fresh air, but Damian Lillard has always known where his heart goes. Lillard wasn’t always treated fairly by the Trail Blazers, but his loyalty to the team never wavered. For all his heroic and monumental efforts, he was entitled to demand more of his frankness. Yet the lone wolf walked unescorted, determined to usher in the glory days.

May 27, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) dives the ball during the second half of Game 3 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs First Round against the Denver Nuggets at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Trail Blazers, to repay all these elephantine contributions, must present a newer and more ambitious project. And it looks like they have already started augmenting Lillard with the necessary parts.

The Blazers acquired Jerami Grant a few weeks ago. The forward impressed with his dynamic play during his time with the Detroit Pistons. Grant fits the criteria of a big, athletic wing who can score and play lock defense. He has a profile that the Blazers have long wanted to associate with Dame.

Additionally, the Blazers picked Shaedon Sharpe 7th overall in the NBA Draft last week.

The Blazers also tied Anfernee Simons to the franchise for the next 4 years after he sign a four-year, $100 million contract extension. Last year, in the absence of Lillard and CJ McCollum, the young guard had a stellar season.

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A backcourt of him and Lillard is sure to strike terror into opponents. In addition to Simons, the Blazers have also reportedly re-signed Jusuf Nurkic.

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The offseason has only just begun and the team is still considering several moves. What future for Damian Lillard and Portland? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.