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Damian Lillard rips Blazers’ ‘championship’ roster amid trade rumors

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Damian Lillard has debunked the rumors that he’d be demanding a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers, but that doesn’t mean he’s happy with the current construction of the team.

In fact it’s the total opposite, as Lillard questioned the Blazers’ decision to prioritize hiring a coach instead of looking at the roster and adding depth to truly build a championship contender.

“I don’t disagree that maybe Chauncey can change our team and make us a better team. But I think if you look at our team as it is, I don’t see how you say ‘this is a championship team, we just need a new coach,” Lillard said, per Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report.

For what it’s worth, the Blazers are the second-worst defensive team in the NBA in 2020-21, which is where Damian Lillard’s latest remarks probably came from. It’s their horrible defense that also led to another first-round exit in the postseason.

Lillard also seems to be firing back at Neil Olshey’s comments last June. The Blazers general manager said that their early playoffs exit was not because of the roster, seemingly suggesting he is happy with the current roster.

Clearly, Dame doesn’t believe that is truly the case.

While it remains to be seen what Lillard will do with regards to his future with the Blazers, he certainly made things clear for Portland: he needs a championship team to stay.