Damian Lillard set a record in trade negotiations.
Since the end of the Portland season, the Trail Blazers point guard has been the subject of trade rumors, and the Knicks, Lakers, 76ers and Heat are all seen as potential destinations.
But it was not so fast, Lillard said. Before the US team basketball training on Wednesday, the superstar guard said there was nothing to talk about until there was something to say.
Damian Lillard on trade speculation:
“I have said a lot of things, and sometimes I didn’t say anything, and just stuffed it into my mouth. I have said a lot. I really have nothing to say to you.” pic.twitter.com/WAaU6j7bKo
— Knicks Video (@sny_knicks) July 8, 2021
At this time, a lot of words were said, sometimes with words in my mouth, I didn’t say anything. I think it should be everyone who has been following me since I entered the NBA. They know if there is something to say, or if I have an idea or something to say, I will say it, and I have to stick to it. Like I said, there was a lot of discussion, no one heard what I said, no one heard what I said.
But anything I want to say, I will tell Neil (Olshey) directly, and I will discuss it directly with my team. I really have nothing to say to you. Everything I need to say and everything I feel has been said to Neil. So, I really have nothing to say.
According to reports, Lillard has not formally submitted a transaction request to Portland, but he expects his market to be very strong.
According to reports, the Knicks are one of the teams interested in Lillard’s services. According to reports, the front desk is doing “homework” At 30 years old. His contract is about to enter a high-paying year, from the beginning of the upcoming season to the end of 2025, his renewal period is 176 million US dollars.
After the season, the Trail Blazers parted ways with head coach Terry Stotts and replaced him with Chauncey Billups. Lillard reportedly supported this move. Nevertheless, trading rumors still exist.
However, although there may be smoke, there is no fire. At least not yet.