On Friday, Damian Lillard was trending after reports began to circulate that he was close to requesting a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers.
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 16, 2021
Unfortunately for fans of the 76ers, Knicks, Lakers Warriors, and any other team who felt they might have a shot at Damian Lillard, it looks like he’s staying put.
Lillard spoke out against the rumors, claiming he ‘woke up’ to all the news surrounding him.
Damian Lillard: "I woke up to those reports, a lot of people reaching out to me. But it's not true. I'll start off the rip and say it's not true. A lot of things are being said. It hasn't come from me. I haven't made any firm decision on what my future will be."
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) July 16, 2021
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Damian Lillard would go on to say that he fully expects to be in a Trail Blazers uniform when next season begins.
But he also said that he wants to win, and he’s not sure if Portland can win a championship as they’re currently constructed.
“If you look at our team as it is, I don’t think you can say this is a championship team with a new coach,” Lillard said on Friday afternoon.
For now, Damian Lillard is not trying to create a whole situation by formally requesting a trade. But if things don’t change in Portland, and quick, Lillard will be looking for a way to get out of the city he’s given his heart and soul to.