Damian Lillard trade rumors: Trail Blazers star denies trade request, hasn’t made ‘firm decision’ about future


Damian Lillard desires to be as clear as potential. He has not requested a commerce away from the Path Blazers.

However on the similar time, he hasn’t determined his most popular path for the 2021-22 NBA season both.

Lillard spoke about his standing on Friday afternoon after a USA Basketball apply. He denied the commerce rumors that had swirled round social media all day but additionally stated that he hadn’t made a “agency choice” on his future.

“I woke as much as these studies and lots of people reaching out to me. It isn’t true,” Lillard stated to reporters. “I stated the final time I spoke to you guys a lot of issues have been stated, nevertheless it is not coming from me. No. 1, it is not true. Secondly, I have not made any agency choice on what my future can be. There’s actually no want for anyone else to talk for me or report this or report that. If there’s one thing to be stated — as I stated the final time — I will communicate instantly with my group and Neil (Olshey). That is that.”

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Although he balked at talks of constructing a agency choice, Lillard did say that he expects to be again in Portland to begin the 2021 season.

Nevertheless, he additionally indicated that he desires the Path Blazers to improve his supporting forged as an alternative of counting on new coach Chauncey Billups to come back in and repair all the things.

“I do not disagree that possibly Chauncey can change our group and make us a greater group,” Lillard stated. “However I feel in the event you take a look at our group as it’s, I do not see the way you say ‘this can be a championship group, we simply want a brand new coach.'”

The Path Blazers have been eradicated within the first spherical of the NBA playoffs 4 of the final 5 years. The group’s protection has ranked backside 5 in defensive effectivity in every of the previous two seasons.

Portland has made it out of the primary spherical simply thrice complete since Lillard was drafted in 2012 regardless of him averaging 25.7 factors, 4.5 rebounds and 6.2 assists per recreation throughout his postseason profession. 

Lillard is about to fulfill with Billups and Path Blazers GM Neil Olshey at USA Basketball’s camp in Las Vegas. He insists {that a} assembly would’ve occurred whatever the commerce rumors, but additionally added that “there is a dialog available” between the three events this time.

Regardless of the ominous phrases, it seems like Lillard has a most popular consequence: staying in Portland and taking part in for a championship contender.

“Proper now, I am unsure what I will do,” Lillard stated. “What I can say is my coronary heart has at all times been set on being in a Path Blazers uniform for my complete profession. Over time, you wish to win all of it. I wish to win all of it in a Path Blazers uniform, however all of us should be making strides in direction of that.”


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