ESPN reporter admits fake news on his Damian Lillard, Blazers trade report
In this day and age of social media, NBA rumors and trade buzz can spread like wildfire. That’s exactly what’s happening with Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard this offseason, with basically every bit of news being reported and distributed like gospel. But not everything is coming straight from Dame’s mouth, which is reason to be skeptical on some of the things said by these insiders.
The Blazers guard recently spoke out after a Team USA practice to clear the air on the all the trade rumors spreading around him, per a report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst
“Anything that I have to say, I’m going to say directly to [Blazers general manager] Neil [Olshey] and I’m going to address it directly with my team,” Lillard said.
“There’s a lot of things being said and sometimes words being put in my mouth, and I haven’t said anything,” the Blazers star continued. “If there is something to be said or if I think something or have something to say that I’m going to say it and I’m going to stand on it.”
Windhorst later appeared on SportsCenter to dish on the trade buzz surrounding the Blazers star, where he divulged some key information about the people “around Damian Lillard”.
“People around Damian Lillard have been saber-rattling both behind the scenes with other teams, and also with the Trail Blazers themselves,” Windhorst said. “I don’t think he’s gotten to that threshold yet, but I think he’s closer than he has been in the past. And I think those comments yesterday were revealing in that regard.”
In his message, he had claimed that Dame’s people have been in contact with “other teams,” which was something directly opposite to what Lillard’s statement was from his recent soundbite. Windhorst later clarified that was not the case, admitting his mistake on Twitter.
Earlier on SportsCenter I misspoke when discussing Damian Lillard. I incorrectly said Lillard’s camp had been in touch with teams. What I meant to relate was teams are monitoring his situation in case they need to take action. My error.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 9, 2021
The Damian Lillard-Blazers trade rumors won’t be going away anytime soon. But with all the speculation that already exists, we can definitely do without the inaccurate reporting. Here’s to hoping only the truth comes to light, and nothing else.