Daily Gossip, Friday 1/5/15

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Milwaukee Bucks crashed out of the Playoffs by losing to Chicago Bulls 120-66. In reality, it doesn’t get more emphatic than that.

One of the low points of the Bucks’ performance was the ejection of Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose impressive season concluded horribly.

Here’s how he got chucked.

Afterwards though, the Greek international said that he would apologise to Dunleavy for his actions.

LILLARD WANTS MAX DEAL WITH BLAZERS

Portland Trailblazers’ Damian Lillard wants a long-term deal in Oregon.

The talented guard qualifies for a contract extension and wants nothing less than the maximum deal.

If the two parties don’t come to an agreement by October 31, then he will become a restricted free agent.

Via RealGM:

The Blazers will address the immediate futures of LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews when the July free agency begins, but the franchise is also expected to start talks on a new deal with Lillard this summer.

Lillard, sources said, has no plans to consider signing an extension less than the designated max – nor would the two-time NBA All-Star and 2013 Rookie of the Year be financially inclined to do so given 2016’s rising free agency market, when upward of 20 teams could extend $20 million-plus offer sheets to Lillard.

In his exit interview Thursday, Lillard told reporters he’s confident in extension talks with the Blazers, which could reach a possible $90 million-plus. Discussions can’t start until July,  and the Blazers have long shown faith in the sixth overall pick of the 2012 draft.

Over his pro career, Lillard has earned more money in endorsement deals than his NBA salary, signing a lucrative extension with adidas in 2014.

SPEAKING OF THE BLAZERS…

LaMarcus Alridge is reportedly interested in heading to Texas and joining either the NBA champion, San Antonio Spurs or the Dallas Mavericks, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Via ESPN:

You can’t say loudly enough that it is early in the process.

Very ‎early.

We’ve only just made it to May, leaving two months for climates to change.

But the consistent word on the personnel grapevine at the minute informs us that San Antonio and Dallas not only both believe they have a real shot at signing him but are also legitimately in Aldridge’s thoughts.