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The Portland Trail Blazers have exercised team options on the contracts of center Meyers Leonard and guard CJ McCollum.
Portland exercised its fourth-year team option on Leonard, who holds averages of 4.4 points (52.2% FG), 3.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 14.3 minutes in 109 games over two seasons with the Trail Blazers. The team selected Leonard with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft out of Illinois.
The Trail Blazers picked up the third-year team option on McCollum. The 10th overall selection in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft out of Lehigh, McCollum averaged 5.3 points (37.5% 3-PT), 1.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 12.5 minutes in 38 games during his rookie 2013-14 season.
The NBA's new television deal won't have an impact on whether LaMarcus Aldridge signs a long-term deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to a source.
Aldridge's annual salary will pencil in at 30 percent of the Blazers' cap when he signs his deal, no matter how much it is. Afterward, he would receive 7.5 percent increases each year for the length of his deal.
Aldridge said in July that he planned on signing a max contract with the Blazers next summer.
In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) breaks down the Northwest division with Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN (@SherwoodStrauss) and Beckley Mason of HoopSpeak and the New York Times (@BeckleyMason).
The three work through the offseason for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets, including the Kevin Love trade, preview the upcoming season and hit on many other NBA topics including OKC's future, the Warriors' situation and locker room dynamics.
The Portland Trail Blazers exercised their fourth-year option on the contract of guard Damian Lillard.
In two seasons, Lillard has averaged 19.9 points (42.7% FG, 38.1% 3-PT, 85.9% FT), 3.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 0.84 steals and 37.2 minutes per game. Only four players in NBA history have more points (3,257) and assists (988) in their first two seasons (O. Robertson, T. Archibald, A Iverson, L. James). Lillard’s 403 3-pointers through his first two seasons are the most in league history. He’s tied for eighth on Portland’s all-time list for 3-pointers (403). Lillard set a franchise record last season for the most 3-pointers made in a single season (218).
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.