It seems the Dame Time will eternally be within the pinwheel as sources instructed Andscape’s Marc J. Spears and ESPN’s Bobby Marks that Damian Lillard agreed to a two-year, $122 million extension with the Portland Path Blazers, based on a narrative from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Set to make $42 million this season, $45.5 million in 2023-24, and $48.8 million in 2024-25, he’ll make greater than $60 million when he is 35 and 36 years outdated.
That’d be virtually $10 million greater than Giannis Antetokuonmpo in 2025-26, and relying on how Lillard’s extension breaks up, greater than the $59 million Steph Curry is scheduled to make that very same season. That is a king’s ransom, however he all the time made clear his want to go down as one of the best participant in franchise historical past. May as effectively receives a commission, too.
Maybe that is why the Blazers gave Anfernee Simons a $100 million deal and Jusuf Nurkic $70 million. 4 extra years of improvement and maybe they’ll get the Western Convention Finals once more. Hey, possibly Shaedon Sharpe might be a rotation participant by then. In 2025-26 Lillard, Simons, and Nurkic might be making a mixed $107 million.
I do know the cap will increase yearly at this level, however the quantity set for 2022-23 is $123 million. If it will increase $11 million annually prefer it did this offseason, that is nonetheless solely $156 million in 2025-26. If a core is nice sufficient, a reliable entrance workplace can construct round it for $40 million-plus what the proprietor is keen to pay over the tax.
These three aren’t Steph, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Inexperienced, Jody Allen ain’t Joe Jacob, and Chauncey Billups is not Steve Kerr. I’ve a foul feeling about this.
On the similar time, I am comfortable that Lillard is burying himself along with his riches as a result of I am a Blazers fan. I simply hope he can sleep at night time — however I suppose with that form of safety, it will be fairly simple.
If Baker Mayfield was divisive, what’s Deshaun Watson, pray inform?
Baker Mayfield getting a number of parting photographs on the best way out the door was inevitable. He is an emotional participant who underperformed on a proficient staff, and he lastly discovered a coach who was much less expendable than him. Whereas I am positive it felt good for whoever shared how a lot Mayfield aggravated them, I am much less sure that The Athletic ought to’ve bought a double scoop of grievances.
In response to Jason Lloyd, “Mayfield was broadly considered as infantile and immature. His habits aggravated teammates and divided the locker room. He was typically troublesome to educate.”
Head coach Kevin Stefanski and Mayfield didn’t agree on philosophies, and fourth quarters have been disastrous for Mayfield. We get it. He grates on you after some time.
I simply do not suppose Cleveland wanted to maintain with sports activities journalism custom by leaking a bunch of Mayfield slander and complaining about divisiveness when the locker room ought to be at odds over the present quarterback. What number of gamers’ wives would need Deshaun Watson of their house for a staff dinner?
When you stumbled upon Watson roaming round an empty FirstEnergy Stadium in his gown, as Mayfield did in so many Progressive commercials, your response is not going to be confused. I guess Baker did not put on a hand towel after showers. Oh, I forgot, Watson’s terry fabric was only for the therapeutic massage therapists.
As a substitute of whispering candy protests about Mayfield into Lloyd’s ear, strive giving him an precise story and inform us what the gamers are saying in regards to the new man who nonetheless hasn’t settled all 24 of his civil fits. I could not care much less about how Watson is holding up or no matter else is occurring on the native media remedy periods.
Lloyd mentions the remark the Browns made to ESPN about wanting an “grownup within the room.” Apparently, there aren’t a lot of them, be they coaches or gamers or executives or homeowners. Cool, you hit the eject button on Baker and had a few witty one-liners you could not resist reciting into the digicam afterwards. Option to act like each different asshole within the membership. This isn’t to say a franchise led by Jimmy Haslem is exempt from being a rank-and-file dust bag. What I am making an attempt to get throughout is there was a sure charisma that is now vanished.
It wasn’t way back that the Browns have been a beloved new fad like a cronut or ceviche. I need that model again, as a result of this new iteration is gross and crusty and soulless and an excessive amount of like the remainder of the NFL.