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Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard
Position: G
Born: 07/15/90
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:194 lbs. / 88.4 kg.
Salary: $4,236,286
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Lillard had wanted to coordinate the timing of a meeting before leaving town, but Aldridge, understandably, was slow to respond. He had a second meeting with the Lakers to focus on that night, then a meeting with the Miami Heat and team president Pat Riley. There were extensive text messages shared between Aldridge and Lillard in what constituted a modern-day conversation, and the message was made quite clear by the time Friday night rolled around: whether the Spurs or the Phoenix Suns, Lillard was convinced Aldridge was gone. None of which is to say Aldridge made a bad choice; in fact, going to the Spurs is a tremendous choice. This combination of top-tier talent both young (Leonard, Aldridge, Danny Green) and old (Duncan, Tony Parker and perhaps Manu Ginobili) is as tantalizing as any we’ve seen, and the Golden State Warriors surely know their title defense just got a whole lot harder.
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For years, the rumblings that Aldridge wasn’t happy with his place in the Portland spotlight were always there. First it was Brandon Roy stealing his thunder, then Greg Oden before his ill-fated fall, and then this young and dynamic talent named Damian Lillard whose star rose far too quickly for Aldridge’s liking. All along the way, the complaints that would rarely, if ever, come directly from Aldridge himself were consistent: one way or another, intentional or not, he felt underappreciated – if not disrespected. He wanted top billing.
But the challenging part for the Blazers folks who tried so hard through the years to understand him is that Aldridge’s understated ways made it nearly impossible to satisfy this request. He routinely turned down interviews, or didn’t maximize off-court opportunities of which Lillard would take full advantage. He is known as the private type, the kind of player and person who prefers to play his game and let someone else handle the lion’s share of the leadership duties. Except, of course, until someone does just that, reaps the benefits of it and kickstarts the cycle of jealousy that had everything to do with his departure.
Lillard, upon return from a promotional trip in Paris, was hoping to pull off some fourth-quarter heroics on Thursday night. He started planning a trip via charter plane to Los Angeles, a sit-down to meet with Aldridge and try to work it all out. But the trip never happened because, well, it was already too late. Lillard had wanted to coordinate the timing of a meeting before leaving town, but Aldridge, understandably, was slow to respond. He had a second meeting with the Lakers to focus on that night, then a meeting with the Miami Heat and team president Pat Riley. There were extensive text messages shared between Aldridge and Lillard in what constituted a modern-day conversation, and the message was made quite clear by the time Friday night rolled around: whether the Spurs or the Phoenix Suns, Lillard was convinced Aldridge was gone.
To their credit, Aldridge and Lillard worked well enough together on the court. They’re both too intelligent and socially aware to take their philosophical differences public. But they were co-workers, and not great friends. Those deeply entrenched in both camps told me on multiple occasions, basketball aside, that the two men were not huge fans of each other. Which only makes Lillard’s inability to get a face-to-face sit-down with Aldridge in that 11th hour trip to Los Angeles less shocking.
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First, it was a tweet. Now, Damian Lillard is taking a trip Los Angeles hoping to meet with free agent LaMarcus Aldridge and try to recruit the All-Star power forward to re-sign with the Trail Blazers. Lillard is hoping he’ll get an opportunity to meet with Aldridge, but has yet to set up a face to face sitdown Lillard’s agent Aaron Goodwin told The Oregonian/OregonLive. Aldridge, who lives in Los Angeles during the offseason, has met with the Los Angeles Lakers (twice), Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and Toronto Raptors since free agency opened on Tuesday.
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There’s yet another wrinkle, too, the agent for Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard, Aaron Goodwin, told USA TODAY Sports that his client is planning an impromptu visit to Los Angeles to try and convince his former teammate to stay. Lillard, who finalized a five-year extension worth between $125 and $129 million on Thursday, just returned from a promotional trip in Paris. The relationship between those two players has been a focal point of Aldridge’s possible departure from Portland.
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