Damien Lillard isn’t ignoring the noise amid reports of an uproar with the Trail Blazers.
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take to twitter On Monday, the Portland Point Guard addressed a new report athletically, which alleged that Lillard “has become frustrated with team play.”
“These MFS like drama too much,” replied Lillard. to tweet That said, “If @Dame_Lillard isn’t directly looking forward to this, when will you all learn not to report this report?”
A report published on Monday claimed that tensions are rising between the players and first-year head coach Chancey Billups.
After a disappointing 11-13 start to the season, which included five losses in the last six games, the Blazers were blown away by the Celtics at 145-177 on Saturday. The Billups reportedly ransacked the players after the defeat.
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“Competitive fire and pride, it’s something you have or don’t have. It’s something you can’t turn off and on,” Billup said according to The Athletic. “I’ve never seen a team that needs its bench to motivate our starters. That s-t is crazy for me. It must be the other way around.”
In other talking points of the buzzy piece: Ben Simmons.
In fact, Lillard reportedly wants to play with the Sixers’ estranged point guard, and the now-former Trail Blazers general manager, Neil Olsche, is said to have said “Simmons” before firing him after an investigation on Friday. to discuss the structure of a business”. In claims of a toxic workplace.
Clear discussions included Lillard’s backcourt running mate, CJ McCallum, a first-round draft pick, and a youngster, according to The Athletic.
Meanwhile, Simmons hasn’t played this entire season as he is pushing to be traded out of Philadelphia.
In October, after a summer standoff away from the team, Simmons told the Sixers that he was not “mentally prepared” to play. He has four years and $147 million left on the maximum contract he signed in 2019.
Meanwhile, Portland’s defensive struggle remains an issue. They are currently ranked 30th in the defensive ratings. But, adding an All-NBA defender like Simmons could help turn things around in Portland, while freeing Lillard to focus on offense.
Lillard, the face of the franchise, hasn’t been his explosive self to start the Blazers season and is shooting a career-low 39.7 percent off the field. He is currently battling a stomach injury during Team USA’s race for the gold medal during the Tokyo Olympics last summer.
The Portland brass said on Wednesday that Lillard, a six-time All-Star, will miss by at least 10 days.
Lillard reportedly intends to be patient as Portland searches for its next head of basketball operations. However, his desire for a changed roster has not changed.
After the Blazers were knocked out by the injured Nuggets in the first round of the 2021 playoffs, Lillard said he needed “urgency” from Portland management to win the title.
Lillard was the subject of business rumors over the summer after expressing his disappointment with the way Portland operated in July. A few weeks later, he seemed dismayed about the team’s quiet presence in free agency.
At the time, Lillard put an end to the business discussion when he pledged his support to the Blazers on social media in August.
“I’m not leaving PDX. At least not right now,” he said during an Instagram Live.
However, Lillard may ask for a trade before the February 10 NBA trade deadline.
All-Star Guard – who was recently named NBA top 75 players list – Eligible to sign the Supermax extension in July, worth $106.6 million over two years, that would add him to Portland through 2026-27.