EA Sports NBA Live 15 has selected Damian Lillard as its cover athlete.
"I'm so honored and I'm so blessed to be in this position," said Lillard. "I'm so thankful to EA Sports for making me the cover guy. It's been a long time coming. It took a lot of hard work, and it's a dream come true."
Lillard is entering his third NBA season with the Portland Trail Blazers and also signed a major endorsement contract with Adidas this year.
The Portland Trail Blazers are one of three teams to submit a bid to host the 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star Game.
"It's going to be the biggest event from a sports perspective hosted in Oregon's history, I think," Blazers' president Chris McGowan said.
The Charlotte Hornets have also submitted a bid, along with a third unnamed team.
Portland recently hosted a hugely succesful MLS All-Star Game.
"This isn't a money-maker for us -- hosting these events actually costs money," McGowan said. "But it's so great for the city of Portland and the region that Paul's completely supportive of it, and obviously, everybody knows how big a fan he is of the NBA. He definitely thinks the fans deserve it, but he would also love to witness a game in his arena and in the city in which he's owned a team for a long time."
Portland supposedly hasn't had enough hotel rooms in the past, but the pending convention center hotel is supposed to help.
James Southerland has signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, a league source told RealGM.
Southerland, a 6-foot-8 sharpshooter, played four games for the New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Hornets in his rookie season. After going undrafted out of Syracuse, Southerland signed a training camp contract with Charlotte and earned its final regular-season roster spot.
Southerland averaged 3.5 points and two rebounds while hitting three of six 3-pointers a year ago. In the middle of his release from Charlotte and signing with New Orleans, Southerland logged 42 games with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.
Southerland played for the Pelicans’ summer league team in July.
As a senior at Syracuse, Southerland found a niche on a talented roster, averaged 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds and solidified himself as one of the top shooters in the 2013 NBA draft.
Will Barton's contract for 14-15 became fully guaranteed on Thursday, which puts the Portland Trail Blazers' roster at 15.
Barton, whom Neil Olshey selected with a second-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, will make roughy $915,000 next season.
"Will has improved as much as anyone on our roster as a player and a professional," Olshey told The Oregonian in an email. "Having the third year of his contract guaranteed is a validation of his efforts and his value to our organization."
LaMarcus Aldridge will not sign a contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason, but he plans to do so next summer.
Aldridge said he believes it will make more financial sense for him to wait until next summer when he can sign a five-year, $108 million deal.
"I'm happy to stay (in Portland), happy to be here, happy with the direction the team has gone the last year or 2," Aldridge said. "But I just want to get a 5-year deal. I feel like that’s the best decision on my part."
Aldridge added he wants to finish his career with the Blazers.