Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Damian Lillard dismisses concerns that he is unhappy in Portland

Damian Lillard dismisses concerns that he is unhappy in Portland

The Portland Trail Blazers have no need to trade their starting point guard, who is under contract for three more years.

ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith reported that while he was happy in Portland, the Oakland native was open to a move to either the Lakers or the New York Knicks to win a championship if he felt the Trail Blazers did not improve their team. That's what Damian Lillard wants. "I think it's time people start recognizing that they are professional athletes and they should be treated like it and their league should be elevated and treated that way as well", Dame told reporters. "But I like what I see in both of them".

"It's the Western Conference". That's Damian Lillard's preference. "It is what's it's always been, but just a little tougher".

"Obviously I loved Ed", Lillard said.

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Lillard is the face of the franchise and he continues to enjoy playing for the team that drafted him in 2012. "So we lose three rotation players that gave us a lot, that contributed to our season past year".

Shortly after LeBron James signed with the Lakers as a free agent, a report surfaced suggesting Lillard could be traded to the Lakers but Blazers' GM Neil Olshey promptly responded to the report, "As much as I love LeBron, he doesn't get to pick his teammates". It's just the urgency of wanting to make the right steps in the right direction so we can compete. "That's how it's gonna go". "It's tough to attract players to want to come here". 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. They deserve to make a lot more money than they do. He may have teased some fans with his tweet, but he is happy in Portland and is not seeking a trade.

"As far as where we fit in (the playoff picture), y'all know how I bring (it)", Lillard added. "I love where I am".

All of that could build up to some frustration on Lillard's part, and he has let some of that frustration known on Twitter, but according to him, that doesn't mean he's unhappy in Portland. "I'm going to get us in there, and that's how it's going to go". "I feel like we're trying to do that".

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