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LAS VEGAS — Damian Lillard was smiling. Why wouldn’t it be? The NBA offseason was less than two weeks away and already Lillard had come out on top. Last week, from a podium inside the Thomas & Mack Center, Lillard, flanked by Portland general manager Joe Cronin and coach Chauncey Billups, officially announced his two-year contract extension. The deal — which would add $122 million to Lillard’s contract, bringing his total remaining value to $258 million and securing the All-NBA guard more than $450 million in career earnings — keeps Lillard tied to the Blazers throughout the 2026-27 season.

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