Damian Lillard remains committed to Trail Blazers: 'I love where I am'

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Portland loves Lillard and he has carried them for the last few years.

Lillard was backed by DeRozan, who reiterated his point that these players play as hard as their male counterparts do in the National Basketball Association, for only a portion of the pay and recognition. NY or L.A., and by L.A., I mean the Lakers, not the Clippers.

Why would the Portland Trail Blazers trade their best player away? That was a great year for him and the Blazers would be insane to trade him away after that.

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Last season with the Trail Blazers, Lillard ended up averaging 26.9 points per game to go along with 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds. 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 recently got swept in the first round to the New Orleans Pelicans when it seemed like the Blazers were the favorites to win that series. It seems more likely the Blazers would be buyers in the star market and not sellers, trying to maximize on the postseason window created by Lillard and McCollum. They've also produced no playoff victories during that time.

It was a smart move on Lillard's part to come out and tell Rip City how he really feels about them. Portland is in a similar spot. They haven't won a title since the 1976-77 season. Especially to the Lakers, a rival team?

The Blazers have their point guard moving forward. I think it's always going to be tough and now you've got LeBron coming over here, you've got Denver getting a little bit better, Utah getting a little bit better and it's just going to get tougher and tougher.

Seth Curry - brother of two-time MVP Steph - arrived on a two-year deal, while restricted free agent Jusuf Nurkic was brought back on a four-year $48m deal. Lillard will be a year closer to free agency, and James will be a year closer to no longer being the sport's best player. It just doesn't make much sense for the Lakers to give up promising pieces for a star that still wouldn't assure the team a championship by next season. Lillard didn't really dismiss the idea, but unless he demands a trade it really amounts to nothing.

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