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Foot injury swayed Lillard from Olympics bid

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Damian Lillard of the Trail Blazers says his focus is getting completely healthy for next NBA season.Damian Lillard seemed in his element Thursday at the Beaverton Hoop, working his third annual kids camp, helping promote Special Olympics and meeting with friends in the media.

OK, maybe not friends. But Lillard always has enjoyed a good relationship with those representing the Fourth Estate.

And reporters were out in full force for what served as the Trail Blazers captain’s first availability since a 10-day trip to the Orient with Adidas. Lillard returned to Portland about 10 days ago.

The Blazers are Lillard’s employer, and he’ll be paid $26.4 million — the maximum 30 percent of Portland’s $92-million payroll — next season to begin a five-year, $151-million contract extension.

But his 10-year extension with Adidas, which began in 2014 could reap another $100 million. And for the last three years, the shoe and apparel company has sent Lillard on a summer promotional tour of the Far East — a nice little fringe benefit for a kid out of the tough streets of Oakland.

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