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Damian Lillard Named To All-NBA Second Team

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This is Lillard's second All-NBA team selection, which has financial implications for the Blazers moving forward.

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For the first time in his career, Damian Lillard has been named to the All-NBA second team. He was previously selected to the All-NBA third team in 2013-14. Per the Portland Trail Blazers' press release:

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was named to the All-NBA Second Team, it was announced today by the league.

Lillard, 25, averaged a career-high 25.1 points (41.9% FG, 37.5% 3-PT, 89.2% FT), making him just the fourth Trail Blazer in franchise history to average more than 25.0 points per game. He also produced a career-best 6.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 75 games.

In his fourth NBA season, Lillard finished sixth in the NBA in scoring (25.1 ppg) and tied for eighth in assists (6.8) to become the first Portland player ever to rank in the top-10 in both categories.

Lillard became the franchise leader in three-point field goals (828 3-PT), and his 229 three-pointers in 2015-16 broke his previous franchise record for the most threes made in a single season.

This represents the second All-NBA honor for Lillard after being named to the Third Team in 2013-14. He becomes the eighth Trail Blazer overall to earn Second Team honors.

Because of this selection, Lillard triggers the Derrick Rose rule, meaning that his 5-year max contract extension is based on 27.5 percent of the Blazers’ share of the Basketball Related Income (BRI) for the 2016-17 season instead of 25 percent. In most cases, the standard Rose rule stipulates 30 percent, but previous reports suggest that the Blazers worked out a lower number with Lillard. The resulting figure will then be multiplied by 107.5 percent each season to calculate his new salary. Those raises are not compounded, but rather calculated as new salary for each season.

In order to qualify for the Rose rule, a player must start in two all-star games, be selected to two All-NBA teams, or win MVP within his first four seasons. Based on projections, Lillard will now make a total of roughly $12 million more over the course of the next five seasons.

2016-17: $21,579,000 (Non-Rose) 
2016-17: $23,736,900 (Rose)

2017-18: $23,197,425 (Non-Rose)
2017-18: $25,517,168 (Rose)

2018-19: $24,815,850 (Non-Rose)
2018-19: $27,297,435 (Rose)

2019-20: $26,434,275 (Non-Rose)
2019-20: $29,077,703 (Rose)

2020-21: $28,052,700 (Non-Rose)
2020-21: $30,857,971 (Rose)

Total: $124,079,250 (Non-Rose)
Total: $136,487,177 (Rose)

The All-NBA selection is a fantastic achievement for Lillard, but reduces the Blazers’ financial flexibility. From a personal standpoint, it’s time to celebrate; from a business standpoint, this will require a little more number crunching for the team to sign/re-sign players in the offseasons to come.