Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard inked a four-year, $196 million super max contract extension this summer, which will likely keep him with the Blazers through the 2024-25 season. That's obviously good news for Portland, as Dame led the team all the way to the Western Conference Finals last season, while earning All-NBA honors for the fourth time in seven seasons.
That said, FS1's Shannon Sharpe doesn't think the 28-year old All Star is making a smart career decision by staying in Portland. During a recent episode of "Undisputed" Sharpe was critical of Lillard's super max contract, saying that Dame will soon be forgotten when he doesn't win any titles with the Blazers.
"When's the last time Dame Lillard took less than the max? So, what Dame Lillard is gonna be is a guy that's probably gonna make $400 million with no titles."
“He’s gonna be one of the richest players in NBA history, with zero titles. Nobody remembers the guy who made a bunch of money playing sports — only if you won titles, Dame. And if you don't believe me, ask Kevin Garnett."
"At the end of the day, if you play a sport, it's about titles."
Lillard caught wind of Sharpe's comments late Thursday night, and responded with the following tweet:
"1st of all I took less on my first max ext Do your homework. but whatever the easiest thing to have an opinion on is stuff that don’t involve you cuz you don’t have to deal with the consequences. And u dnt kno If I’ll win it lol... if I’m forgotten I’ll be a rich forgotten mf"
Check out Sharpe's full comments about Lillard's contract and his ability to win titles in Portland, as well as Dame's response, below.
Damian Lillard Will Agree To $191M Extension With Blazers: Report
Lillard expected to sign four-year $191M supermax extension.
Portland Trail Blazers All Star point guard Damian Lillard has been vocal about his desire to build a championship team in The City of Roses, and the team would obviously love for him to finish his career right where it started. Lillard currently has two years and roughly $62 million remaining on his deal, but he appears to be in line for a massive raise in just a few months.
According to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, Lillard and the Blazers are expected to sign off on a four-year, $191 million supermax contract extension this summer.
Lillard, who has spent each of his first seven seasons in Portland, will be eligible to sign the lucrative supermax contract extension this summer if he makes one of the three All-NBA teams, which seems to be a lock.
Back in March, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported Lillard is feeling "very settled" these days and that he's "very comfortable with his commitment to the Blazers," despite some previous concerns about the direction of the franchise.
"Lillard has two years and $60 million left on his deal. If the Blazers offer the extension -- and they are likely to -- he could add four years and $194 million to create a six-year, $250 million commitment."
"The signs are pointing toward Lillard being interested in a Blazers extension offer this summer. Unlike other stars such as Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Anthony Davis, who asked for trades instead of signing the supermax, Lillard has sent signals that he's interested in locking up a quarter of a billion in the days leading up to his 29th birthday in July."