Damian Lillard expected to get supermax extension after conference finals run, report says

Damian Lillard is about to get rewarded for his years of All-Star production with the Trail Blazers.

Portland’s point guard is expected to come to terms on a four-year, $191 million supermax extension with the team this offseason, according to Yahoo.

Technically, Lillard isn’t eligible for the supermax extension as he’s yet to be named to an All-NBA team. But he is expected to be on one of the three 2018-19 teams still to be announced.

Lillard has two years remaining on the five-year, $139.9 million deal he signed with Portland in 2016, so his new agreement would keep him with the Trail Blazers for another six years in total.

The 28-year-old is coming off of possibly the best year of his career in which he averaged career-highs, or near career-highs, in points (25.8), assists (6.9), rebounds (4.6), steals (1.1), free-throw shooting (91.2 percent) and field goal percentage (44.4 percent).

His team also had its best run in his time on the roster making it to the Western Conference finals after being swept out of the first round of the playoffs each of the last two seasons.

“Look at what we did this year,” Lillard told Yahoo Sports. “We played without our starting center. We played without CJ (McCollum) toward the end of the season. So, looking at that, we were still able to get here. We were one step away (from the Finals). And not only here, we had double-digit leads in three of the four games. I think getting here is reassuring that we can get the job done.”

The Trail Blazers will likely go over the luxury tax threshold this offseason with this type of deal for Lillard unless they make some serious trades and cuts, but the Portland point guard simply thinks the team needs to keep getting better.

“We just have to continue to improve with the guys we have,” Lillard said. “And then if it presents itself where we can get some guys in that can maybe take us to the next level, then look at that. I think that’s all we can do.”