The Portland Trail Blazers are officially on vacation. Following last night's loss in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, the Trail Blazers took part in annual exit interviews before heading into the offseason.
The players, coaches and staff talked about the team's most successful season in nearly 20 years, as well as what could happen with free agents Rodney Hood, Seth Curry, Enes Kanter, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jake Layman (restricted) this offseason. Here's a recap of videos from Tuesday morning's exit interviews.
Portland guard CJ McCollum reflected on what was a trying season for the team. The Trail Blazers faced a lot this year: The loss of owner Paul Allen, McCollum suffered a setback before playoffs and Jusuf Nurkic sustained a season-ending leg injury. In hard times, on more than one occasion, the Blazers stuck together.
Reports circulated early Tuesday that Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers are expected to come to terms over the summer on a four-year, $191 million supermax contract extension. Lillard didn't have many thoughts on the subject when asked about it during exit interviews.
. @Dame_Lillard's reaction to a potential supermax deal:— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) May 21, 2019
"I don't understand why that's a question. I'm really confused by that."
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Many of the players were impressed by the play of rookie Anfernee Simons, including veteran forward Evan Turner.
Simons shared some thoughts on what he learned in his first NBA season.
Meyers Leonard finished the 2018-19 season on a high note. Leonard dropped "The Hammer" in Game 4, recording a career-high 30 points over the defending champs. His standout play earned him "MEY-ERS-LEON-ARD" chants in the team's final playoff game, unlike the "boos" he once heard echo throughout the Moda Center years before.
He's heading into this offseason with confidence.
Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey had an update on Jusuf Nurkic's recovery. He said Bosnian Beast is on a "good trajectory" towards a return next.
Blazers GM Neil Olshey had an update on @bosnianbeast27 at today's exit interviews.— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) May 21, 2019
"So far, to date, he's on a great trajectory."
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Olshey also had an update on Blazers coach Terry Stotts. According to Olshey, the Trail Blazers and Stotts have reached an extension on his contract. Details have yet to be revealed.
Coach Terry Stotts and the Trail Blazers have reached a contract extension, according to "sources" (GM Neil Olshey) 😏— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) May 21, 2019
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Enes Kanter talked about his struggles off-the-court this season and why basketball has helped him get through it all.
"Basketball is like my escape...as soon as I step on the court, all I care about is my teammates, basketball and winning. But as soon as I wake up in the morning...the fight begins." - @Enes_Kanter— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) May 21, 2019
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Rodney Hood gave his thoughts on free agency this summer and what it would mean to return to Portland next season.
Watch all of the live streams of Blazer exit interviews here.