The Damian Lillard saga just got another twist, as the Portland Trail Blazers point guard seems to be closer to his exit from the team. The 31-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Moda Center, and it seems like that time is finally coming.
Lillard tried to lead this team to the promised land, going on one-man missions during all these years, unable to win with the Blazers. This season things might take a big turn for Dame, as recent reports suggest he's planning on requesting a trade from the Blazers.
According to Henry Abbot of True Hoops, the All-Star point guard is ready to part ways with his first team.
Now a source close to Lillard says that in the days to come, he plans to request a trade
If this is a surprise, you haven’t been paying attention. As an organization, the Blazers have been melting since their playoff exit. Coach Terry Stotts was cut loose. Sources say billionaire Jody Allen plans to sell the team. The Blazers are prominent in trade rumors.
Moreover, Abbott adds that Lillard's trade value is very high. This is why several teams will try to make a move for him if available. Seeing the recent developments in this saga, Dame appears to be closer to his departure.
The most certain thing in Blazerworld is that Lillard’s value is sky high around the NBA. He’s the preferred teammate of half the league, and a constant presence in trade speculation from the 76ers, Knicks, Warriors, and beyond.
This situation is far from finished right now. Lillard is ready to participate in the upcoming Summer Olympics, but he's clearly thinking of his future in the league. The Blazers don't want to deal him, but everything points out we're seeing the last days of Dame as a Blazer.