Damian Lillard hasn’t decided on his Blazers future yet

New York Post

07-17-2021

Damian Lillard denied a report he will ask for a trade in the coming days, but added Friday from Las Vegas he still hasn’t decided about his future with the Trail Blazers. Lillard confirmed he planned to meet with new Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups and general manager Neil Olshey in Las Vegas on Friday night to discuss his future. Lillard, making his remarks after Team USA’s practice, still said his future is very much in the air. My intention in my heart is to always be in a Trail Blazers uniform for my entire career. “But the team as is going into next season, I don’t see how you can say it’s a championship team,” Lillard said.

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