The Trail Blazers have been known for mediocrity in recent seasons. Now, with their perennial superstar set to miss significant time, this season is looking like a lost cause.
Damian Lillard underwent abdominal surgery Thursday morning and will be reevaluated in five-to-six weeks. The injury has been described as a “lingering” one, which could explain Lillard’s career-worst season.
Dame’s poor play has infected a Portland squad that, at 16-24, has only an outside chance at a postseason berth — and a slimmer one of making a meaningful run.
Despite the glaring issues, Lillard is reportedly seeking a two-year, $107 million extension from the Blazers next offseason. The 31-year-old is in the first season of a four-year, $176 million deal that includes a player option after the 2023-24 campaign.
Whether or not the six-time All-Star justifies that kind of money upon his return, it’s fair to wonder if Portland will ever be able to build a contender around him.