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Damian Lillard is finalizing a new shoe contract with Adidas that is believed to be one of the richest in the NBA.
A person with knowledge of the contract said it is smaller only than that of Derrick Rose (reportedly $185 million over 13 years with Adidas) and LeBron James ($20 million annually).
Adidas would have had stiff competition if they waited any longer, as their window to have exclusive negotiating rights with his agent, Aaron Goodwin of Goodwin Sports Management, recently ended and Nike as well as the Jordan Brand were known to be very interested in luring Lillard away.
Lillard benefits from being on a team whose primary colors are red and black, which have been the most popular since the early days of Air Jordans.
ESPN reports that the deal could extend to 10 years and be worth as much as $100 million including incentives and options.
Joel Freeland has missed the past 26 games for the Portland Trail Blazers with a sprained MCL in his right knee.
Freeland went through "contact" work during the Blazers' practice on Tuesday and is nearing a return. Freeland is hopeful of playing in one of the Blazers' final two regular season games.
“I felt pretty good, I was moving pretty well,” Freeland said of his Tuesday workout. “We’ve got one more week left. Four games. I’m trying to get back for either the Golden State game or the Clippers game — I would really love to get back for Golden State. That would be the ideal situation for me.”
Damian Lillard is close to agreement on a multi-year deal with adidas.
adidas had a 30-day exclusive window to reach an agreement with Lillard.
“We’re close,” Lillard said on Tuesday. “Nothing final yet. I'm excited.”
As Haynes reported in February, due to Lillard reaching certain performance incentive clauses in his adidas rookie shoe deal, he was able to opt out at the end of the season to pursue a long-term, prosperous contract.
LaMarcus Aldridge will return to the Portland Trail Blazers' lineup for the first time in seven games on Thursday against the Atlanta Hawks.
Aldridge was out with a back injury suffered during a nasty fall on March 12.
“I’m going,” Aldridge said. “We’ll see how it goes, but I’m going.”
Aldridge said he still feels some pain in the back when he runs, but he said it’s just time he plays.
“I want to come back because I’ve been out so long,” he said. “I didn’t think it was going to take this long, but backs are a sensitive area to injure. It’s taken longer, and we’ve exhausted every treatment and every option to rehab, so try it out.”
Damian Lillard initiated the Portland Trail Blazers' first team meeting, hash-out session after Wednesday night's loss to the San Antonio Spurs, their fourth straight defeat.
Earl Watson, Mo Williams and Dorell Wright were among the players who addressed the team.
“I just felt like it was something that needed to be said,” Lillard said. “At some point, it’s up to the players.”
The Blazers believe there is no desperation in the locker room but know they need to figure out what is wrong nearing the stretch run of the season.
“It’s time for a players-meeting when we see a little slippage,” Wright said. “Every team has two or three a year. I love the fact that this was the only one this season where guys really had to step up and be vocal leaders."
"You could live and work in anonymity in L.A.," Olshey told Yahoo Sports, "but it's different here. At one point, the Dalai Lama was here and our president, Chris McGowan, and I presented him with a Blazers jersey. I wouldn't have even been on the list to