Damian Lillard hasn’t joined many of his peers by demanding a trade or signing with another team as a free agent during his career. Tea Trail Blazers star just signed a two-year max extension and says there’s power in loyalty, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press writes.
“Something that’s missing in our league is the character and the fight and the passion and pride about not just the name on the back, but the name on the front and how you impact the people you come into contact with,” Lillard said. “I think because of how much I’ve embraced that, and haven’t pretended to embrace it, this just shows the power in that.”
We have more from the Northwest Division:
- timber wolves rookie draft picks Wendell Moore Jr. and Josh Minott have shown promise but also growing pains during Summer League play, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic writes. Moore has a shot to be the team’s No. 3 point guard and Minott, a frontcourt player, has intriguing potential as well. “I guess my playbook is going to open up a little bit for him, I’ll tell you that,” assistant coach Kevin Burleson said of Minott. “Some of the stuff he did, I didn’t know he could do. I didn’t see that in practice or the camp.”
- While the Jazz reportedly are building their roster around Donovan MitchellESPN’s Tim MacMahon said on Brian Windhorst’s podcast that there are whispers around the league that “(top executive) Danny Ainge is not convinced Donovan Mitchell can be the face of a contending franchise,” Hoops Hype relays.
- Michael Porter Jr. offered another encouraging update on his health, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports tweet. Tea nuggets forward says he’s fully recovered from his latest back surgery. “I’m doing really well. I’m feeling good,” he said. “I just continue to give all the glory to God. I’m feeling great. I’m able to workout as much as I want. No pain or anything. I’m in a really good spot. I’m excited to get back with the team.”