Lillard leaves on a high note, having averaged a career-high 32.2 points during the 2022-23 season. | GIF by ESPN
The clock has run out of Dame Time in Rip City.
The Portland Trail Blazers will trade Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team deal, ending a months-long saga of speculation spurred by the NBA star’s formal trade request in June. Lillard, for his part, says he’s excited for his next chapter.
The trade is part of a three-team deal also including the Phoenix Suns. Portland will receive Milwaukee guard Jrue Holiday and forward Toumani Camara, along with Phoenix center Deandre Ayton. Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic will go to the Suns.
A legendary legacy
Lillard made a lasting impression during his 11 seasons in Rip City. And if his influence in getting Portland to past playoffs was ever in question, remember that the team’s first time missing the postseason after Lillard joined the roster was in the 2021-22 season when he missed the final 47 games due to injury.
Here are five achievements Dame netted during his time in Portland.
Rookie of the Year: In the 2012 season opener, Lillard put up 23 points and 11 assists — becoming the third player in NBA history to score at least 20 points and 10 assists during their NBA debut. He went on to break the all-time NBA rookie record for three-pointers in a season.
Three-point pro: After scoring 10 three-pointers — a franchise record — during a 2019 game, Lillard went on to help the Trail Blazers advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000.
NBA All-Star: Lillard was selected to the All-Star Games roster seven times as a Blazer (2014, 2015, 2018-2021, and 2023).
Player of the Week: Dame was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week 14 times as a Blazer — the most in franchise history.
Eclipsing Clyde Drexler: During a December 2022 game, Lillard scored his 18,041st career point, shattering the Blazers’ all-time scoring record held by Clyde Drexler for 27 years.
Annual Dahlia Festival | Thursday, Sept. 28-Saturday, Sept. 30 | 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Swan Island Dahlias, 995 NW 22nd Ave., Canby | Free | It’s last call to visit the largest dahlia-growing farm in the US and explore nearly 50 acres of flower fields.
Thundercat - In Yo Girl’s City Tour 2023 | Thursday, Sept. 28 | 6:30 p.m. | McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale | $44.50-$50 | The “Bad Habit” singer who made a cameo in Star Wars’ “The Book of Boba Fett” brings his In Yo Girl’s City Tour to this outdoor concert venue.
Swift Watch | Thursday, Sept. 28-Saturday, Sept. 30 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Chapman Elementary School, 1445 NW 26th Ave., Portland | Free | Don’t miss one of the last opportunities of the year to watch thousands of migrating Vaux’s swifts funnel into a chimney.
Friday, Sept. 29
Oregon Potters Association 2023 Fall Fair | Friday, Sept. 29-Sunday, Oct. 1 | Times vary | Cornell Farm Nursery & Cafe, 8212 SW Barnes Rd., Portland | Free | Browse one-of-a-kind, handcrafted wares from more than 35 ceramic artists in the nursery’s greenhouse, explore the on-site pumpkin patch, and snack on seasonal pastries.
Oregon International Air Show | Friday, Sept. 29-Sunday, Oct. 1 | Times vary | McMinnville Municipal Airport, McMinnville | $8-$205 | Turn your attention to the skies for this annual aerial spectacle featuring the US Navy Blue Angels, the US Marine Corps, Oregon Air National Guard, and a fleet of incredible aircraft.
2023 PDX Fresh Hops Festival | Friday, Sept. 29-Saturday, Sept. 30 | Times vary | Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland | $20-$25 | If craft beer is your jam, you won’t want to sleep on this chance to celebrate (and sample) the suds from 40 of the state’s leading breweries.
Saturday, Sept. 30
Tom McCall Bowl Beach Clean Up | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 1:30-4 p.m. | Tom McCall Bowl Beach, 1398 SW Naito Pkwy., Portland | Free | Join Human Access Project, SOLVE, and other local organizations to help remove rocks from this stretch of Willamette River shoreline, improving recreational access and salmon habitat.
Twilight Theater Company’s Fall Fling | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 7 p.m. | Twilight Theater Company, 7515 N. Brandon Ave., Portland | $25 | See special performances, participate in a silent auction, and enjoy snacks and drinks to support this Kenton neighborhood theater’s work to offer affordable live entertainment.
After a century of business, Portland-based Dehen Knitting Co. has opened its first retail store. The family-owned company, which produces long-lasting sweaters, jackets, and other classic apparel, now has a shop at 1040 NE 44th Ave., Ste. 3, where customers can also watch knitting machines from the 1950s in action. (Portland Business Journal)
Portland Gear is moving its flagship retail store. The shop, currently located near Providence Park, will relocate deeper into downtown — taking up residence a block from Powell’s City of Books in the former The Cleaners at Ace Hotel event space. A grand opening party is set for Saturday, Oct. 21.
ODOT wants your feedback on three potential tolling options for I-5 and I-205. One option involves paying base tolls during all daytime hours; the other two options would have drivers pay fees only during high-traffic hours. Share your thoughts via an online survey by Monday, Oct. 9.
A new focacceria and market opens this week in the Westmoreland neighborhood at 1613 SE Bybee Blvd. Montelupo Italian Market Southeast (yep, by the same folks behind the Montelupo pasta shop and market in Kerns) will offer take-and-bake pastas, sandwiches, salads, desserts, whole and by-the-slice pizzas, and preserved goods. (Eater Portland)
A new Oregon law will cap rent hikes at 10% next year. The rule, approved by state lawmakers in June, is tied to inflation: annual rent increases are limited to 7% plus inflation, or 10% total — whichever is lower. Without the law, landlords would have been able to increase 2024 rent prices by 12.6%. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
Delta recently tabled plans to offer direct flights between Portland and Tokyo — which would have been PDX’s first nonstop route to Asia. The Port of Portland said post-pandemic demand hasn’t rebounded for trips to Asia like it has for Europe, but a direct flight to Seoul is still in the works. (Portland Business Journal)
A woman-owned small business based in Vancouver is this year’s winner of the Emerge Initiative Award. Nut-Tritious Foods was honored at the Oregon Angel Food event, an annual pop-up marketplace organized by Oregon Entrepreneurs Network to support early-stage companies. The award includes a $5,000 grant. (Portland Inno)
25 years. That’s how long it’s been since the Oregon Wildlife Foundation formally dedicated the Sturgeon Interpretive and Viewing Center at Bonneville Fish Hatchery (about 40 miles east of Portland). The center educates visitors on the long-lived white sturgeon and provides a home for species ambassador and nearly nonagenarian, Herman.
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We’ll go first: We enjoy walking up the stairs sprinkled throughout the West Hills area. | Photo by Cambrie Juarez, PDXtoday
Today is National Good Neighbor Day, so we’re seizing the opportunity to share a little neighborly love by revisiting a series we started last year: PDXtoday’s Neighborhood Guides.
Depending on how long you’ve been reading our content, you may remember a story we published on St. Johns — a brief neighborhood 101, if you will. We’ve also shared a more comprehensive guide to the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood, complete with historical facts, an interactive map, and our recommendations on where to eat, shop, and go for entertainment.
Now, we need your help to pick the next Portland community to highlight. Are you intrigued by Irvington’s history? Do you love being able to walk from a Pearl District coffee shop to a clothing store in a matter of minutes? We want you to rave about your favorite neighborhood — even if you don’t personally call it home.
Quench your Thursday thirst in seasonally appropriate style with this newly released charcoal margarita at Bar Cala — one of my favorite spots on Northeast Alberta Street. Bonus points if you wear something pink.