Lillard dismisses notion he wants out of Portland

Annette Crawford
July 11, 2018

Of those players mentioned, Lillard may be the most interesting potential addition for the team. NY or L.A., and by L.A., I mean the Lakers, not the Clippers.

This response was kind of crucial for Lillard to keep himself on good terms with Trail Blazer fans. The Blazers acquired Trent in a trade with the Sacramento Kings.

Everything is a stretch.

Lillard told Trail Blazers team beat reporter Casey Holdahl on Sunday that he wants the team to "go all in to make it happen". The Knicks aren't anywhere close to being a championship contender, though that could change in 2019 when NY plans to have the cap space necessary to add a superstar. Thanks to the foolish 2016 contracts of Evan Turner and Meyers Leonard (plus don't forget the now-traded Allen Crabbe), the Blazers are flirting with the luxury tax line. We understand that LeBron is on the Lakers and that it's very important to utilize his play now, however that doesn't mean the Lakers should get rid of their young players when they haven't even gotten the chance yet to evaluate them.

Portland finished No. 3 in the West with a 49-33 record last season before New Orleans swept the Blazers in the first round. The Pelicans were also a great offensive team but they also were a great defensive team. Yes, the Blazers haven't had much success and were swept previous year against the Pelicans. They've also produced no playoff victories during that time. While those reports may be making their rounds, Lillard clarified some things about them. Portland is in a similar spot.

Now, whether any of those teams would be willing to trade the Lakers their star is another story entirely. The Lakers can offer a young point guard in Lonzo Ball to replace Lillard in the backcourt, in addition to offering a potential future All-Star in Kyle Kuzma or Brandon Ingram, who L.A. now seems driven to keep. "I think once people come to Portland, a lot of my teammates I've had come and go, they realize it's a much better city than they thought it would be".

Seth Curry - brother of two-time MVP Steph - arrived on a two-year deal, while restricted free agent Jusuf Nurkic was brought back on a four-year $48m deal.

Los Angeles will also have plenty of cap room to make a move for a star next offseason in a loaded free agency class.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article