Damian Lillard Shuts Down Rumors, Says He’s ‘Not Unhappy’ With Blazers

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2018

While watching a WNBA game with fellow National Basketball Association star and California native DeMar DeRozan, the Portland Trail Blazers star took the opportunity to speak up for the less-recognized players.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported that Lillard is happy in Portland, but he would entertain the idea of going to the Lakers or New York Knicks in search of competing for a title.

On the ever-improving Western Conference. That's Damian Lillard's preference. "I love where I live, I love the organization, I Iove our coaching staff, I love where I am". So they're going to be one more year experienced together, probably going to be a little bit better. "It is what it's always been but just a little tougher". Putting him on the Lakers would be good for the team if they wouldn't give up any key pieces like Ball and Ingram, however Portland would make sure they would receive those players in exchange for Lillard. Bazz (Shabazz Napier) played big minutes for us, Pat (Connaughton) played big minutes for us, so we lose three rotation players that gave us a lot, that contributed to our season a year ago.

Shortly after LeBron James signed with the Lakers as a free agent, a report surfaced suggesting Lillard could be traded to the Lakers but Blazers' GM Neil Olshey promptly responded to the report, "As much as I love LeBron, he doesn't get to pick his teammates". But as far as where we fit in there...

Los Angeles will also have plenty of cap room to make a move for a star next offseason in a loaded free agency class.

"I think it's tough", Lillard said. "So we came out - a little reunion, got some work in".

"If Damian Lillard is going to leave the comfortable and financially beneficial confines of Portland, it's only for two places from what I'm being told".

"Both Gary and Anfernee, they're both impressive", Lillard said. Why would Portland get rid of their best player in the prime of his career? Everything that they say and tweet can be so deceiving, and most of the time, we end up falling for it.

On whether or not he's happy playing in Portland. Lillard and the Blazers had also got swept in the first round of the 2017 playoffs to the Golden State Warriors in the first round.

"Obviously, it's not like we're a destination", Lillard said. "And I feel like we are trying to do that".

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