Just when the Portland Trail Blazers appeared to be getting things back on track, one report suggested the opposite, even pitting the team's superstar and owner against each other. It's not a secret that Damian Lillard has expressed his loyalty to the Blazers more than once, and he'll run it back this upcoming season, trying to compete for the championship once and for all.
This should be enough to have everybody in Portland happy and drama-free, but a recent report by the New York Post claimed that Jody Allen, who currently owns the Blazers, has cut communications with Lillard, and has been unreachable even via email.
She has also refused to talk to Blazers star player Damian Lillard, who reportedly has had issues with the way the team is being run, the team source claimed.
“Damian wanted to sit down and have a conversation with Jody about the team and she didn’t return his call. Then he tried to email her. Eventually she just never responded and put him in touch with Bert,” the source alleged. “When you own a team, there are critical key decisions to make and you should be the one involved in making the decisions.”
Reps for Jody Allen, as well as the Portland Trail Blazers, did not respond to requests for comment.
Dame quickly turned that report down, making it clear that his relationship with Allen is as great as it can be and Jody has always been there whenever he's needed her. Talking with Chris Haynes, Lillard had this to say:
Damian Lillard to Yahoo Sports on a report that Portland Trail Blazers owner Jody Allen refused to take his call: "I'm not sure where that story came from. Every time I've ever reached out to Jody, she has always taken time to speak with me. I never sent an email or none of that. I have a great relationship with management and ownership. My agent, Aaron Goodwin, speaks with ownership and management on a regular basis. This is a non story."
There's nothing to worry about for the Blazers, although rumors of a potential sale are still around. Allen categorically denied that, too, so now they all have to focus on basketball and see if they can compete for the Larry O'Brien trophy next season. The Blazers traded for Jerami Grant a couple of weeks ago and now they're ready to keep adding more pieces to their roster, even the most coveted player on the trade block right now.