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Damian Lillard drops major hint on Blazers future

Blazers, Damian Lillard

Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard has constantly been involved in a lot of rumors this offseason. He is reportedly unhappy and is requesting a trade away from Portland after years of failing to garner a deep playoff run.

He was constantly linked to the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Philadelphia 76ers all summer long. However, in a recent interview with Complex’s Pierce Simpson, Lillard broke his silence as he basically made it clear he does not intend to leave Portland and is hoping he could win a chip for the Blazers.

Lillard: We lose to Denver, they were you know unhealthy. I’m frustrated with the loss against Denver, so like we gotta do better.

I’ve always said I want to play in Portland, I want to win in Portland, and I still feel that way. So if I’m saying we gotta do better, we gotta give ourselves a real chance, we can’t get out the first round as we are, then we gotta get better.

Simpson: It’s coming from a standpoint of you being fully invested

Lillard: Exactly, not from a standpoint of threatening you all

Despite confirming he wants to win a ring for the Blazers, Lillard will also keep his options open moving forward.

It was like, if it comes down to me having to move on and do something different like then maybe that’s what I have to do

But it was like, I havent made that decision you know what im saying?  But the fact remains that I would like to win a championship in Portland.

This is good news for the Blazers as Damian Lillard is likely committed. However, they need to stay competitive to make Lillard happy.

The Blazers have been quite active this offseason as they made some coaching changes and hired Chauncey Billups as their new head coach.

The Trail Blazers also signed some sharpshooters in Ben McLemore and Tony Snell. In the process, they also re-signed swingman Norman Powell on a hefty deal.

It will be interesting to see if this flurry of moves will be enough to compete in a wild and tough Western Conference.