In his recent interview with Marc J. Spears of Andscape, Damian Lillard addressed the trade request that he made from the Portland Trail Blazers.
While he preferred not to delve into specifics about the request, Lillard confirmed its existence, stating, “I can say that there was [a trade request] and I would just prefer not to speak on the Trail Blazers.”
“I’m not going to speak on the Blazers,” Lillard said. “It’s lot of love and respect, but I won’t speak on the Blazers. … I can say that there was [a trade request to the Heat], and I would just prefer not to speak on the Trail Blazers.”
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As news broke in July that Lillard had demanded a trade to the Miami Heat, the Blazers’ front office has shown no inclination to fulfill his request.
Blazers GM Joe Cronin emphasized the importance of patience in such situations, expressing his willingness to wait “months” before reaching a deal. “I think what I’ve learned more than anything is patience is critical,” Cronin explained.
He stressed the need to avoid impulsive actions and to maintain control over urgency when faced with challenges. Considering this approach, Cronin asserted, “We’re going to be patient; we’re going to do what’s best for our team. We’re going to see how this lands. And if it takes months, it takes months.”
Lillard has dedicated his entire professional career of 11 years to the Blazers, where he has achieved remarkable success.
He has been selected for the All-Star team seven times, earned All-NBA honors on seven occasions, and even earned a well-deserved place on the prestigious NBA 75th Anniversary Team. Last season was particularly exceptional for Lillard, as he recorded his career-best performance.
He averaged a remarkable 32.2 points and 7.3 assists per game, while maintaining an impressive 37% shooting accuracy from beyond the arc, attempting over 11 three-pointers per game.
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