Lillard discusses his thoughts on a trade.
Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers appeared on “It Is What It Is” on Tuesday to answer questions about his future.
As Portland’s franchise star, Lillard has been an iconic figure for the team. Last year, Lillard remained with the team even as key players like C.J. McCollum, Norman Powell, and Robert Covington were traded.
But the seemingly solid relationship between Lillard and Portland eventually cracked. Wanting to win, Lillard was frustrated with Portland’s ambiguous stance between rebuilding and Wynn, and eventually requested a trade.
“In a perfect world, I would finish my career in Portland,” Lillard said. But I don’t think we’re on the same page anymore,” Lillard said of his desire to move on.
Lillard has wanted Miami as his destination ever since he requested the trade. He hasn’t shown much interest in joining a team other than Miami.
The Oakland native was also asked if he would ever consider joining his hometown team, Golden State.
The Warriors have been Lillard’s biggest obstacle to a championship 메이저놀이터. It’s also the team that gave him the bitter taste of a sweep when they reached the Conference Finals. Lillard is adamant that while he respects Golden State’s accomplishments, he can’t join them.
“I respect what Golden State has done over the last eight or nine years, and I’m from there and it’s home to me,” Lillard said. But I can’t come over and be a part of that team. They’ve won four championships. Do you think I’m going to try to join them? No way. I would never do something like that. I’d rather lose every year.”
In any case, with Lillard pushing Miami as his destination, the start of the season is fast approaching. A trade should be finalized by the start of the season to end Lillard and Portland’s uncomfortable partnership. So, when will the Lillard drama that has dominated the NBA offseason finally come to an end?