SATURDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Portland announces Lillard extension, Hood retension, Whiteside acquisition; Blazers drop summer league opener; Hops lose to Spokane


Portland on Saturday announced three previously reported transactions: Damian Lillard's contract extension, the re-signing of Rodney Hood and the acquisition of Hassan Whiteside.

Lillard, 28, agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season with a player option for 2024-25.

Entering his eighth NBA season, Lillard is a four-time all-NBA selection (second team last season) who has career averages of 23.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 0.97 steals in 549 regular-season games.

Hood, 26, averaged 9.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 24 regular-season games with the Blazers after being acquired from Cleveland. He had some big moments in the playoffs, particularly in the Western Conference semifinals against Denver.

Details of the agreement were not announced but it has been reported as a one-year deal with a player option for a second season.

Whiteside (7-0, 265) comes to Portland from Miami as part of a four-team trade that sent Maurice Harkless to the Los Angeles Clippers and Meyers Leonard to Miami.

Entering his eighth NBA season, Whiteside gives the Blazers a rim protector who has career averages of 13.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.33 blocks while playing an average of 26 minutes over 343 regular-season games.

Las Vegas Summer League

Portland struggled offensively in losing its Las Vegas Summer League opener 93-73 to the Detroit Pistons.

Detroit led all the way, including 33-19 after one quarter and outshot Portland from the field, .395 percent to .343 at Thomas and Mack Center.

Anfernee Simons, aiming for a big jump in playing time as he prepares for his second NBA season as a likely backup point guard, was 5 of 14 in scoring a team-high 15 points in 23 minutes. He also had one assist, three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers.

The Blazers were 5 of 20 from 3-point range. The Pistons were 15 of 41.

Portland's David Robinson, a 6-8 starting power forward, had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and second-year small forward starter Gary Trent Jr. had 10 points, going 3 of 10 from the floor.

Off the bench, recent first-round pick Nassir Little had two points (1 of 6) and three rebounds in 22 minutes. Reserve Jaylen Hoard, a recent acquisition at forward, got nine points (4 of 6) and six rebounds in 19 reserve minutes.

Small forward Svi Mykhailuk (18 points) and shooting guard Bruce Brown (17 poiints, 10 assists) paced Detroit.

The Blazers, who are summer league defending champions, will play the Houston Rockets at 7 p.m. Sunday at Cox Pavilion.


Spokane 7, Hilllsboro 3

A four-run seventh inning was the difference as the Indians won at Ron Tonkin Field and swept the three-game series.

Spokane's Christian Inoa led the way, going 4 for 5 with two doubles. The Indians shortstop scored three runs and knocked in one.

Spokane outhit Hillsboro 12-6 and got home runs from Blaine Crim and Obie Ricumstrict in the decisive seventh.

For the Hops, Kristian Robinson hit his fourth home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh, and Tristan English and Jorge Barrosa each had a double.

Hillsboro fell to 14-9. Spokane is 13-10.

The Hops are second in the Single-A Northwest League South Division, one game behind the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (15-8).

Spokane has a two-game edge in the North over the Everett AquaSox and Tri-City Dust Devils, both 11-12.

The Hops play host to Boise (12-11, third in the South) at 4 p.m. Sunday.


Wyndham Clark, former University of Oregon golfer, is one shot out of the lead going into Sunday's final round of the 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota.

Clark fired a 7-under-par 64 on Saturday for a 14-under 199 total.

He was tied for fourth with Adam Hadwin, one stroke behind Matthew Wolfe (62), Collin Morikawa (64) and Bryson DeChambeau (70).

Hideki Matsuyama, Charles Howell II and Troy Merritt shared sixth place at 13-under 200. All three had third-round 66s.

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