Damian Lillard reiterates commitment to Portland Trail Blazers

11 July, 2018, 17:25 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Possible targets named by Sheridan include Bradley Beal and John Wall of the Washington Wizards, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lillard, 27, is under contract with the Blazers for the next three seasons. The Pelicans were also a great offensive team but they also were a great defensive team.

The Lakers finished the season with a record of 35 wins and 47 losses as they had nine win improvement from last season to this one. Plus they've gone home after the first round in consecutive seasons. Lillard is a better player than Ball at the moment, however, Ball is most likely more valuable to the Lakers as he gets more players involved as opposed to Lillard who is a scoring point guard. "I love where I am", Lillard said, holding court during Summer League. "I love where I live, I love the organization, I love our coaching staff, I love where I am". "I love where I am".

The two-time All-Star is coming off another fine season, averaging 26.9 points per game on 43.9 percent shooting (36.1 percent from long range) while racking up 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. "I'm straight up with coach (Terry Stotts), I'm straight up with (Blazers President of Basketball Operations) Neil (Olshey), I'm straight up with y'all. I love where I am", Lillard continues. But as far as where we fit in there...

"Like I said previous year, it's the urgency of wanting to make those steps in the right direction so we can compete", Lillard explained.

Damian Lillard: "It's tough". The way I see it, you're going to have the Golden State's, the Rockets. Chris Paul didn't leave Houston and James Harden is the reigning MVP. Kawhi Leonard might join him soon. And Lillard knows it.

But Lillard acknowledged the difficulty of signing free agents, especially in the loaded Western Conference. It's always going to be tough. "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". It's just the urgency of wanting to make the right steps in the right direction so we can compete. "It is what it's always been but just a little tougher". Can the Blazers make enough noise before then?



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