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Blazers Exercise Option on Lillard’s Contract

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Call it a no-brainer, but the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday exercised their team option to extend All-Star point guard Damian Lillard’s rookie contract to a fourth year.

The extension locks in Lillard with the Blazers through the 2015-16 season, when he will make about $4.2 million as part of his rookie-scale contract.

Blazers general manager Neil Olshey announced the extension to reporters at Blazers media day at the Moda Center.

via Joel Odom of The Oregonian

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Jeremy Lin Suffers Knee Injury, Will Undergo Evaluation Thursday

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Brooklyn’s Jeremy Lin will undergo evaluation of right knee in New York Thursday, league source tells ESPN. Tremendous concern on injury.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Bulls Suspend Bobby Portis 8 Games

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The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for eight games following his role in a practice altercation that left teammate Nikola Mirotic in the hospital, the team announced Wednesday. Portis will be eligible to return for a Nov. 7 game against Toronto, and will be eligible to practice during his extension.

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Joel Embiid Not Happy With Early Minutes Restriction

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The Philadelphia 76ers will be cautious with Joel Embiid early on this season, and the star center isn’t thrilled with that plan.

Sixers coach Brett Brown, when asked how much Embiid would play in Wednesday’s season opener against the Wizards, told reporters that he didn’t have a set number of minutes in mind before acknowledging “somewhere like in the teens.” “That’s f—ing bulls—. I wish I was playing more minutes,” Embiid told reporters on Tuesday. “I think I’m ready. I think I’m ready for more than whatever number they have. I don’t know. I wish I was playing more, but we’re going to see how that goes.”

Source: ESPN

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