Damian Lillard Rumors

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Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard
Position: G
Born: 07/15/90
Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
Salary: $29,802,321
“That’s where my strength is because I don’t try to be something I’m not,” Lillard says. “I don’t say stuff that I don’t think. Whenever I think something or I feel a way about something, that’s what I say. If there’s something that I experienced that made me a certain way, that’s just what it is. That’s who I am. I’ve come this far being this way, so I don’t have any reason to be anything else.”
The more he was getting to know Anthony, the more Lillard was gaining a greater appreciation for him. He had always respected and liked what he knew about Anthony, but he was understanding there was a depth and a perspective to Anthony that was unique. “I mean, he just seems free,” Lillard said. “That might sound weird, but he just seems free. He’s like, man … I’m happy. I appreciate being here … and he has that type of spirit around him naturally, not even just on the court, but just him moving around. And you love to see that.”
His journey to the Trail Blazers was less complicated. Portland had a clear need for a four-man, and many rival executives believed the organization would target Oklahoma City’s Danilo Gallinari or Cleveland’s Kevin Love in a trade after the loss of Collins. But as the losses piled up, and its franchise star Damian Lillard clearly needed more support, Portland needed to acquire someone immediately. The Trail Blazers made the call to Anthony and his representative, and one question remained within Anthony: Is this real — or a waste of time?
Storyline: Danilo Gallinari Trade?
As Anthony told The Athletic: “I got the call saying, ‘Portland is interested, what are you thinking?’ I just said, ‘Look, I’ve been in this situation before. Just tell me when it’s something we can really make happen. Tell me when it’s real.’ “It really wasn’t any conversations. I was continuing to go on with life and hanging with my fam and doing my other business ventures. Then Dame called me. CJ (McCollum) called me. Zach called me. Everybody, a lot of people texted me and called me. But it had to be something that I felt comfortable with and that they felt comfortable with. We got on the phone, got comfortable and went from there.”
As he left the Trail Blazers’ locker room Saturday night amid what might be one of the more trying early seasons of his eight-year career, Damian Lillard made eye contact and motioned with his hands. Both palms down, arms halfway extended in front of him, he pushed down twice, much like a quarterback would do to quiet the crowd. “Just watch,” he said. “Just watch. You’ve seen this movie before.”