The Portland Trail Blazers might be one of the most reliable teams in NBA history. Since entering the NBA as an expansion team in 1970, the Blazers have made the postseason 36 times and won the championship in the 1976-77 season.
Although the postseason has not always played out successfully, the rosters have always been filled with talented and powerful players, whether they were All-Stars or role players. Here are the top five earners in Blazers history based on how much they made while playing in Portland (per Spotrac):
5. Rasheed Wallace
Rasheed Wallace might not be the calmest Blazer of all time, but he’s certainly one of the most influential. Known for his trash talking and NBA brawls, Wallace is a Portland great and built a strong career with the team.
After playing 544 games in eight seasons, Rasheed earned $82,632,982 during his time in Portland. Wallace retired after a short stint with the New York Knicks in 2013. He collected a total of $150,980,511 in his NBA career.
4. LaMarcus Aldridge
After being drafted by the Chicago Bulls and traded to the Blazers the very same night, LaMarcus Aldridge knew that he had huge shoes to fill. After joining the team in 2007, Aldridge stepped up and instantly became a crowd favorite.
On April 15, 2021 Aldridge announced his retirement from the NBA due to an irregular heartbeat. He is Portland's all-time leading rebounder (5,434) and has scored the third-most points (12,562) in franchise history. He played 648 games during his nine-year career with the Blazers and collected $84,668,858, which included $3,152,439 worth of incentives.
3. Brandon Roy
Brandon Roy has one of the most disheartening careers in NBA history. Injuries plagued his future and caused his career to be cut short. Before the injuries, Roy was one of the most talented players in the league.
After stepping away from the game of basketball due to his degenerative knee issues, B-Roy collected $94,779,496 from Portland after playing 321 games in five seasons.
2. CJ McCollum
CJ McCollum was drafted by the Trail Blazers with the 10th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and since then he has been a part of one of the most dangerous backcourts in the league.
McCollum signed his four-year $10,482,459 rookie contract in 2013, but his real payday came when he signed his second contract with the Blazers for $106,633,449. In eight seasons CJ has played 528 games and earned $115,393,598 during his time in Portland.
McCollum will continue to put separation between him and Brandon Roy. McCollum enters the first year of his 3-year, $100M contract extension next season.
1. Damian Lillard
And the award to the most loyal player in Blazers history goes to…
Damian Lillard isn’t afraid to let everyone know where his heart resides, so it makes sense that he’s the highest paid Blazer in history. He was also the 30th-highest-paid athlete in the world on the Forbes list in 2020.
Lillard was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and played 82 games in his rookie season. Since then, he has played 680 games in his nine-season career and collected $151,870,966 during his time in Portland.
That will only continue to grow. Lillard enters the first year of his four-year, $176M supermax contract next season.
His level of play continues to show why he is the highest earner in Trail Blazers history