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June 30th, 2019
Dear Scoop Journal,
It’s the first day of NBA Free Agency 2019, and that means it’s been a crazy and busy day.
Even before free agency tipped off, the reports swirled that the Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard have agreed on a 4-year, $196 million supermax contract extension.
With the supermax on the brain and all the happenings surrounding NBA free agency, I think it’s time to jot down my latest random thoughts on the Blazers and all around the league:
*A supermax deal should always go to a player who is loyal and deserving of the highest paid contract in the league. Damian Lillard encompasses loyalty and deserves every penny. With this new deal it will mean Lillard will be a Trail Blazer through at least the 2024-25 season.
*Former and current Trail Blazer players have been congratulating Dame on social media all day:
*As CJ McCollum gave congrats to his running mate on his supermax on his IG story, he also had o say good-bye to another teammate.
*With free agent forward Al-Farqou Aminu reportedly agreeing to a three-year deal worth $29 million with the Orlando Magic, it reminds everyone that the NBA is a business.
Damn ✊🏾 man . Lost another real one . Do your thang down there my G. I’ll be in touch killa . Love https://t.co/PANUTeIUbG— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) June 30, 2019
*All around Rip City, fans were quick to thank Aminu for the memories and wish him luck in all his future endeavors, and this is why I believe Blazers fans are the best:
Goodbye, sweet prince. pic.twitter.com/Va4QMhdAux— Mr. Portland (@Mr_Portland) June 30, 2019
Thx for the welfare checks. I am doing fine and am really happy for Chief! 💸 I hope everyone in Orlando comes to appreciate his unique personality, style and veteran leadership. I will always be a proud member of the #AminuAppreciationSociety 🦋🦋🦋 pic.twitter.com/994GPhz64U— Team Mom (@tcbbiggs) June 30, 2019
*Sitting down with Chief for The Scoop Podcast was one of my favorite podcasts this season, talking about being a prince and a new father.
*And, last but not least -- the Moda Center will still be pumping out ‘Where the Hood at’ for all Blazer fans to continue to sing with Portland reportedly re-signing Rodney Hood to a two year-deal.
So happy we're hanging on to Rodney Hood. I think he's shown he really wants to be here and that he appreciates the culture.— Corvallis Foodie (@corvallisonian) June 30, 2019
*And the late night deal with the Blazers reportedly agreeing to a deal with Mario Hezonja, who could just be looking for the right fit.
*Since it’s a wrap on day one of free agency, I’m gonna continue singing… ‘where the Hood, where the Hood, where the Hood at!?’