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Damian Lillard was not happy with the Trail Blazers report


Damian Lillard is aware of the noise amid reports of unrest with the Trail Blazers.

Take on Twitter On Monday, the Portland playmaker issued a new report from The Athletic, which said Lillard “has become frustrated with the team’s play.”

“These mfs like drama too much,” Lillard replied. to a tweet who said, “Lmao, when will you all learn not to report this shit if @Dame_Lillard isn’t expecting it straight away?”

The report, which was released on Monday, claimed tensions appeared to be simmering between the players and first-year head coach Chauncey Billups.

After a dismal 11-13 start to the season, including five losses in the last six games, the Blazers were knocked down by the Celtics on Saturday 145-177. Billups reportedly tore players apart after the loss.

“The fire of competition and pride is something you either have or don’t have. It’s something that you can’t turn off and turn on, ”Billups said, according to The Athletic. “I’ve never seen a team that needs their bench to inspire our starters. This is crazy for me. It’s supposed to be the other way around. “

Among the other buzzy play’s talking points: Ben Simmons.

Portland Trail Blazers leader Damian Lillard
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In fact, Lillard is reportedly keen to play with Sixers playmaker, and former Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey is said to have “discussed part of a trade for Simmons” ahead of his sacking Friday following an investigation. . in toxic workplace claims.

Apparent talks involved Lillard’s back running mate CJ McCollum, a first-round pick and a young player, according to The Athletic.

Simmons, meanwhile, hasn’t played at all this season as he continues to push for a trade out of Philadelphia.

Damian Lillard was not happy with the Trail Blazers report
Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons
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In October, after a summer standoff away from the team, Simmons told the Sixers he was not “mentally prepared” to play. He has four years and $ 147 million left on the maximum contract he signed in 2019.

Portland’s defensive struggles, meanwhile, remain an issue. They currently rank 30th in defense. But, adding an All-NBA defenseman like Simmons could help turn things around in Portland, while freeing Lillard to focus on the offense.

Lillard, the face of the franchise, was not himself explosive to start the Blazers’ season and shoot 39.7 percent of his career in the field. He is currently out due to an abdominal injury he sustained during the US team’s gold medal race at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Damian Lillard was not happy with the Trail Blazers report
Ben Simmons and Damian Lillard face off in February 2019.
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The Portland Brasses said Wednesday that six-time All-Star Lillard will miss at least 10 days.

Lillard reportedly intends to be patient as Portland searches for their next basketball operations chief. However, his desire for a reorganized list has not changed.

After the Blazers were knocked out in the first round of the 2021 playoffs by the injured Nuggets, Lillard said he needed Portland’s “urgency” to make moves in order to win a title.

Lillard was the subject of business rumors over the summer after expressing his frustrations in July with the way Portland was operating. A few weeks later, he seemed disappointed with the team’s quiet presence in free agency.

Damian Lillard was not happy with the Trail Blazers report
Portland Trail Blazers leader Damian Lillard
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At the time, Lillard put an end to the commercial buzz when he pledged his support for the Blazers in August on social media.

“I am not leaving PDX. At least not for the moment, ”he said on Instagram Live.

Lillard could, however, request a trade before the NBA trade deadline of February 10.

The All-Star goalie – who was recently named to the NBA’s 75 Best Player List – is eligible to sign a supermax extension in July, worth $ 106.6 million over two years, making him eligible. would link to Portland until 2026-2027.



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