The Portland Trail Blazers are entering an important off-season.
Despite not saying anything about his desire to leave the Trail Blazers, Damian Lillard continues to be mentioned in trade rumors.
The point guard could move the needle for more than one franchise around the league, which is why so many people are interested in his services.
However, he isn’t entertaining any of them and Lillard is “actively” recruiting free agents, according to Portland reporter Danny Marang.
FWIW – I hear Lillard is still actively recruiting FA in Portland.
Which, would be a little weird for a guy who plans to move out. https://t.co/zfsMbmHreR
— Danny Marang (@DannyMarang) June 9, 2023
After being recruited for so many years by other stars including LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Lillard is now on the job.
It’s unclear who he’s talking to, but Lillard is taking care of things himself, trying to lure bigger players to Portland.
He has made it clear that he wants to win with the Trail Blazers, and is using all of his resources to assemble a championship-caliber team.
It won’t be easy, as Portland isn’t the most desirable market for stars.
Still, the opportunity to play alongside one of the best players in the league should be motivation enough for some of these free agents.
This offseason could mark the end of an era for the Trail Blazers or the beginning of something better for them.
Lillard is still a wanted player and if the Blazers fail to surround him with a competitive team, he will probably exit sooner rather than later.
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