What could simply seem like a warning, a warning to turn the course of the franchise, is getting closer and closer to reality. According to journalist Henry Abott, of True hoop, Damian Lillard would be meditating, seriously, asking for his transfer. “A source close to the player assures that in the next few days he plans to request an exchange”, write. A total paradigm shift that, as the weeks go by, seems closer and closer to being consummated. Since, in 2012, the Portland Trail Blazers chose the point guard in the sixth position of the Draft, his future had always been linked to that of the franchise. Mainly, through his statements. His intention, reiterated many times, was to become a One club man, a perennial franchise player for Oregon. His basketball preference, then, was to achieve glory with the Blazers. One that resists. The fall in the present playoffs against the Denver Nuggets in the first round and the controversy surrounding Chauncey Billups’ arrival as head coach could have drained his patience.
The rumors, without going any further, began the day after the elimination. “Even when?”Lillard wondered on his Instagram account. A cryptic statement, but easy to read between the lines. NBC Sports’ Jabari Young was the first reporter to report on the matter. According to it, the player was aware of the movements to be carried out by the Blazers to decide his immediate future, relying, like Abott, on a person very close to the base environment. Then Billups would land. In principle, a move to bring Lillard’s continuity closer, but which, over time, has turned against Portland. The coach, along with Jason Kidd, already in the Dallas Mavericks, was Lillard’s favorite option to fill the position after the departure of Terry Stotts. His arrival, however, caused a sudden wave of criticism from the fans towards the player. Both for his power in the decision and for the record of Billups, accused of sexual abuse in 1997. The latter, something unknown to Damian, according to himself. Chris Haynes, meanwhile, a journalist very close to the point guard, in a column published on Yahoo Sports, continued to reflect the tension.
Since then, the number of franchises that have appeared as interested in the services of the player has not stopped increasing. Anthony Slater, recently, warned of the interest of the Golden State Warriors. “Would the Warriors get into the fight? Yes. There would be that call. They have already discussed the idea internally, as I am sure many contenders have done, seeing the smoke that was generated in Portland”wrote the journalist, very close to the Californian franchise, in The Atheltic. Along with the Warriors, Slater, on a long list, mentioned the New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers. In the case of the Big Apple franchise, a rumor already anticipated by Young in his first information. The NBC journalist, for his part, added the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers.