True loyalty is becoming a rarity in today's NBA. Whether it's a team that decides to make a trade for a guy who had his heart in the city, or a player who simply decides he wants a change of scenery, it's not normal for a guy to stay with one organization for more than a couple of years.
Then again, Damian Lillard was never a "normal" guy to begin with.
As one of the league's lesser talked about superstars, Dame has remained with the Trailblazers despite their failure to make a significant postseason run.
In a sit down with Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, he explained why he hasn't given up on RIP City.
"I'm not willing to sell myself out for (championships)."
"It will affect a lot of other people," Lillard said. "Like I'm saying, I do want to win a championship but there's other stuff that means more to me. It's almost like I'm not willing to sell myself out for that instead of impacting this."
Lillard is truly a rare breed.
With guys like Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and (most recently) Anthony Davis basically forcing their teams to trade them, Dame has done nothing but attempt to keep the Blazers relevant in a crowded Western Conference.
The team still has a long way to go if they want to truly challenge their rivals atop the Conference. Though, as long as they've got guys like Lillard, they'll definitely be in the conversation for years to come.