Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Damian Lillard: 'I'm not unhappy' in Portland

Damian Lillard GETTYDamian Lillard hinted he would be happy to play for the Lakers on Twitter today
Cassandra Castillo | 11 July, 2018, 17:25

A fun and entertaining version of the Portland Trail Blazers - their NBA Summer League team - dispatched the Atlanta Hawks Sunday, 85-68, in Las Vegas.

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.

"It's the Western Conference". I love where I live, I love the organisation, I love our coaching staff, I love who I am. "Now you've got LeBron coming over here, you've got Denver getting a little bit better, Utah getting a little bit better. It is what it's always been but just a little tougher". "That's a loss for our team". So, us, we can't look at free agency and who we didn't get and (say) we didn't make this trade and all that stuff. "So we lose three rotation players that gave us a lot, that contributed to our season a year ago". "... As far as where we fit in [the playoff picture], y'all know how I bring [it]". It just doesn't make much sense for the Lakers to give up promising pieces for a star that still wouldn't assure the team a championship by next season.

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"His preference would be for the Portland Trail Blazers to find somebody, somebody big time to join him and CJ McCollum in Portland". "One of my best friends in the league [and] favorite teammates I've played with". "Obviously it's not like we're a destination". So it's tough to attract players to want to come there, so I think it was a good start in the draft, I guess, with Anfernee and Gary. They re-signed starting center Jusuf Nurkic, and signed free agent guards Seth Curry and Nik Stauskas. Why would Portland get rid of their best player in the prime of his career? They deserve to make a lot more money than they do.

"Like I said past year, it's the urgency of wanting to make those steps in the right direction so we can compete", he added. He may have teased some fans with his tweet, but he is happy in Portland and is not seeking a trade. Adding Lillard to the Lakers might make Los Angeles the biggest threat to the Golden State Warriors in the West. "And I feel like we are trying to do that".

Lillard's name has popped up, as have the names of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Kevin Love, Kawhi Leonard, and DeMar DeRozan, among others.

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