Whereas saying his need has been to play for the Path Blazers “for my complete profession,” Portland star guard Damian Lillard acknowledged on Friday that he desires to see progress towards constructing a championship staff.
The 31-year-old Lillard, a six-time All-Star who averaged 28.8 factors and seven.5 assists per recreation this previous season, each the second-best of his nine-year profession, refuted a report from a basketball-based web site that he was on the verge of asking for a commerce.
Nonetheless, his feedback, which got here in Las Vegas after a observe for Workforce USA, weren’t a ringing endorsement for the franchise.
“Proper now I am undecided what I will do. What I can say is my intentions and my coronary heart has all the time been set on being in a Path Blazers uniform for my complete profession. However I feel over time, you need to win all of it. And I need to win all of it in a Path Blazers uniform. However all of us should be making strides towards that,” he mentioned, in keeping with ESPN.
Lillard’s contract with the Path Blazers runs by way of 2024. Portland are a constant playoff presence, having certified for eight straight years, however they’ve misplaced within the first spherical 4 instances within the final 5 seasons.
The Blazers misplaced in six video games to the Denver Nuggets in June. They superior to the second spherical by beating Oklahoma Metropolis in 5 video games in 2019, and had not escaped the primary spherical since defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in 2016.
“One of the simplest ways to place it’s to be extra pressing about what our subsequent step is and the way we transfer ahead. We’re not a foul staff; we’re a profitable staff,” Lillard mentioned.
“I simply assume we have reached that time the place it is like, ‘OK, it isn’t sufficient.’ Will we truly need to win all of it? Is that what we’re capturing for? We have to do issues to point out that,” he added.