Damian Lillard rumors: Two factors could push Trail Blazers star ‘out the door,’ report says

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Damian Lillard rumors: Two factors could push Trail Blazers star ‘out the door,’ report says


Damian Lillard has played his entire NBA career with the Trail Blazers since being chosen sixth overall by Portland in the 2012 NBA Draft.

But could his team change in the not-too-distant future? According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, it might.

Haynes reports that two factors may push Lillard out the door in Portland. First, according to Haynes’ sources, Lillard has concerns about whether Portland can build a contender around him. The Trail Blazers have been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs four times in the last five seasons.

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Second, the sources say, Lillard isn’t happy with Portland’s process of hiring a new coach and the backlash that resulted from the move. Lillard is particularly upset with the way he is being attacked for the Trail Blazers’ reported choice of Chauncey Billups, as Haynes outlined.

(UPDATE: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday night that Billups and the Trail Blazers had agreed on a five-year contract and that Billups would be introduced at a press conference Tuesday.)  

Lillard told The Athletic that he liked Billups and Jason Kidd as potential coaching options after Terry Stotts’ departure. But both candidates came with baggage. Billups was accused of rape in 1997 while Kidd pleaded guilty to spousal abuse in 2001.

As a result, fans went after Lillard on Twitter after the team’s decision to hire Billups. Lillard defended himself in a conversation with one upset fan.

Clearly, Lillard wasn’t happy with the messages he was getting. He sent out a cryptic message from his account the morning after he responded to the above tweet.

Could Lillard be talking about the Portland fans? Perhaps, though only he knows for sure.

Either way, Lillard doesn’t seem happy with those who are pinning the decision to roll with Billups on him.

This may just be some passing frustration from Lillard, but his status will be worth watching during the NBA offseason. He has always expressed a desire to stay with Portland, but perhaps things will change in the wake of this controversy.


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