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Damian Lillard commerce rumors: Path Blazers star denies commerce request, hasn’t made ‘agency resolution’ about future

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Damian Lillard needs 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 well-liked path for the 2021-22 NBA season both.

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

“I woke as much as these reviews 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, but it surely is not coming from me. No. 1, it isn’t true. Secondly, I have never made any agency resolution on what my future will likely 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 converse straight with my group and Neil (Olshey). That is that.”

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

Nonetheless, he additionally indicated that he needs the Path Blazers to improve his supporting forged as a substitute of counting on new coach Chauncey Billups to return in and repair the whole lot.

“I do not disagree that perhaps Chauncey can change our group and make us a greater group,” Lillard stated. “However I believe for those who have a look at our group as it’s, I do not see the way you say ‘it is 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 3 times whole 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 ready to satisfy 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 in addition 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 well-liked consequence: staying in Portland and enjoying for a championship contender.

“Proper now, I am undecided 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 whole 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 must be making strides in direction of that.”



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