On Friday night, the Portland Trail Blazers were officially eliminated from playoff contention which means their season is done.
After a bright start and some amazing performances from Damian Lillard, the team is once again on the outside looking in for the postseason.
Speaking of Lillard, he made a comment on The Dan Patrick Show that has a lot of people talking.
Discussing his steadfast loyalty to the Blazers, Lillard said, “I just have my stance on what I want to see happen, but in this business, you just never know.”
“I just have my stance on what I want to see happen, but in this business, you just never know.”👀
– Damian Lillard on his loyalty to Portland 👀
(Via Dan Patrick Show) pic.twitter.com/GGi80mMSSW
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) April 1, 2023
Lillard, who at times loves to be very vague when speaking about his future, had people intensely speculating with those words.
Some people felt it was all talk and no substance while others believe it is a sign that he’s ready to depart from the Blazers.
“Translation: ‘PLEASE TRADE ME but make it seem like I didn’t want it'” one fan said.
Translation: "PLEASE TRADE ME but make it seem like I didnt want it"
— Per Sources (@PerSources) April 1, 2023
Others said that it really feels like something has changed and Lillard isn’t against the idea of leaving Rip City.
“Bro finally ready to go,” one account said.
Bro finally ready to go ..
— Zigg TheArtist (@ZiggTheArtist) April 1, 2023
“I think this is the first time he hasn’t repeated his loyalty to portland,” a different Twitter user said.
I think this is the first time he hasnt repeated his loyalty to portland pic.twitter.com/wHaIDvbv1G
— ABB (@allballboston) April 1, 2023
However, some fans weren’t very intrigued by Lillard’s comments and said they seemed a lot like what they’ve heard before.
“Every year it’s the same talk. We all know that he’s not going anywhere lol,” Bruno Miguel said.
Every year it’s the same talk. We all know that he’s not going anywhere lol.
— Bruno Miguel (@BrunoMiguel101) April 1, 2023
In the weeks and months ahead, you can bet that there will be a lot of reporting and speculation about Lillard.
There is a good chance he remains in Portland but for the first time in a very long time, it seems like he might actually be packing his bags.
Has Lillard’s loyalty finally reached its breaking point?
Expect this to be one of the biggest stories of the offseason.NEXT: Damian Lillard Once Again Defends His Time With The Trail Blazers