Set to Bag $449,910,157 NBA Earnings, Damian Lillard Makes Bold Money Talks: “I Ain’t Been Frugal At All”

Published 09/19/2023, 3:39 PM EDT

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The earning potential of the NBA turns dreamers into achievers as millions compete to get into the league. Damian Lillard fulfilled his goal a decade ago and since then, he has established himself as one of the best players of the game. With the 33-year-old set to earn $449,910,157 in his career, he recently made bold claims regarding it.

The Portland Trail Blazers superstar candidly shared his thoughts on managing his income. His approach revealed interesting aspects of his character and his brave statements gave the fans insights into his mindset.

What did Damian Lillard say?


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In a recent episode of the BACKONFIGG podcast, the point guard talked about his spending habits. To answer a question related to whether he was frugal or extravagant, he responded, “Neither”. “I ain’t going crazy, but I ain’t being frugal at all,” he mentioned while discussing his point of view.


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He highlighted how he preferred to keep his spending entirely based on the situation and the moment. “Whatever you like,” the 7-time All-Star stated to provide insights into his approach to money. The millionaire let his earnings do all the talking most of the time, saying, “If I wanna do it, Imma do it”. After 11 seasons with the Blazers, he has made an estimated $233 million in his NBA career till now. Already in his early 30s, if Dame continues to play for four more seasons, he may earn around $450 million in total. With this enormous ceiling of making nearly half a billion dollars in his playing days, Lillard certainly took pride in his words. As his influence continues to grow more with time, one question still looms over his head.


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Would Lillard look for more?

The NBA future of Damian hangs in the air at the moment as the Blazers star wants an out. He has the potential for income over $200 million in the next four years based on his current status. So, by the end of his career, he could retire as one of the highest earners of all time. But that’s not what he wants at this stage. The dream of winning a championship has kept him going since the start. At this stage of life, he is even willing to move to a new franchise to accomplish his aim. With the Miami Heat showing interest in signing him, Dame’s next target becomes crystal clear.


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Of course, being able to earn that impressive sum of money is a thing to boast about. At the same time, he understands the truth behind creating a legacy better than anybody in the league. Which route do you believe he would end up taking? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by:

Sourav Bose


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Sourav is a detail-oriented NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. His passion for the game of basketball was ignited by none other than the captivating duo of Stephen Curry and Steve Kerr. As he delved into the illustrious history of the NBA, his fascination grew exponentially.
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Saumya Khanduja