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Damian Lillard not asking for trade but wants urgency from Portland Trail Blazers
July 18, 2021
Whereas saying his want has been to play for the Path Blazers “for my whole profession,” Portland star guard Damian Lillard acknowledged on Friday that he needs to see progress towards constructing a championship crew.
The 31-year-old Lillard, a six-time All-Star who averaged 28.8 factors and seven.5 assists per sport this previous season, each the second-best of his nine-year profession, refuted a report from a basketball-based web site that he was on the verge of asking for a commerce.
Nonetheless, his feedback, which got here in Las Vegas after a apply for Workforce USA, weren’t a ringing endorsement for the franchise.
“Proper now I am unsure what I’ll do. What I can say is my intentions and my coronary heart has at all times been set on being in a Path Blazers uniform for my whole profession. However I believe over time, you wish to win all of it. And I wish to win all of it in a Path Blazers uniform. However all of us need to be making strides towards that,” he mentioned, in line with ESPN.
Lillard’s contract with the Path Blazers runs by means of 2024. Portland are a constant playoff presence, having certified for eight straight years, however they’ve misplaced within the first spherical 4 occasions within the final 5 seasons.
The Blazers misplaced in six video games to the Denver Nuggets in June. They superior to the second spherical by beating Oklahoma Metropolis in 5 video games in 2019, and had not escaped the primary spherical since defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in 2016.
“One of the best ways to place it’s to be extra pressing about what our subsequent step is and the way we transfer ahead. We’re not a nasty crew; we’re a successful crew,” Lillard mentioned.
“I simply suppose we have reached that time the place it is like, ‘OK, it is not sufficient.’ Can we truly wish to win all of it? Is that what we’re capturing for? We have got to do issues to point out that,” he added.