Portland Path Blazers star Damian Lillard denies commerce inquiry and hopes for large adjustments
LAS VEGAS – Damian Lillard denied a report that he will be asking for a swap from the Portland Trail Blazers soon, but said he was in conflict on the matter and hoped major changes would lift him off the fence.
“Right now I’m not sure what I’m going to do. What I can say are my intentions and my heart has always been on wearing a Trail Blazers jersey throughout my career,” Lillard said after training for that Team USA on Friday at UNLV. “But I think in the course of time you want to win everything. And I want to win it all in a Trail Blazers uniform. But we all have to make progress. “
Early Friday, basketball website TrueHoop reported that Lillard would be asking for a trade in the near future. Lillard spoke to Team Governor Jody Allen and General Manager Neil Olshey about the Blazers’ offseason plans. Lillard plans to have dinner with Olshey and new Blazers trainer Chauncey Billups later on Friday in Vegas, a previously scheduled meeting.
Lillard, who is under contract until 2024, has made his message clear to management. Despite making the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons, the Blazers have been eliminated in the first round in four of the last five years. After turning 31 on Thursday, Lillard reveals that he disagrees with the status quo.
“The best way to put it is to be more urgent about what our next step is and how we’re moving forward,” said Lillard. “We are not a bad team, we are a winning team. We have a great environment, we have a great city, we have great fans, there are many positive sides.
“I just think we’ve got to a point where it’s just not enough. Do we really want to win everything? Is that what we’re shooting at? We have to do things to show that. We” There I have to follow actions. This desire to win at this level – that was my only thing all along. “
That feeling, and the uncertain way the Blazers will react to it, led the rival teams to watch Lillard’s movements and words closely. This sparked a frenzy on Friday when another report of his situation surfaced on social media.
The Star Point Guard will travel to Tokyo with Team USA for three weeks on Monday. In his absence, the Blazers will carry out the design, although they currently have no choice and a free hand. Which makes meeting Olshey and Billups potentially important.
Lillard said he expected to wear a Blazers uniform for the next season, but also allowed himself a lot of leeway. “I haven’t made a firm decision what my future will look like,” he said. “There’s a lot going in there.”