Damian Lillard hasn’t requested a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers, yet the rumors about his potential exit haven’t stopped coming.
The Boston Celtics are a team that needs to make some moves this offseason, and some think Lillard could be a great pickup for them.
However, it seems like Lillard isn’t interested in joining them.
According to NBA insider Chris Haynes, Lillard has no interest in playing for the 2022 Eastern Conference champions.
CH: “He’s not doing Boston. He’s not. I don’t see that”
DP: “You can confidently report that Dame doesn’t want to go to Boston?”
CH: “I think that’s pretty safe to say” pic.twitter.com/e2ompgkvze
— dru_star (@dru_star) June 8, 2023
The reasons behind this mindset are unclear but knowing that Lillard wouldn’t join the Miami Heat if they became NBA champions, it’s easy to see why he would also reject the Celtics.
Lillard wants to build something from scratch or join a team that will compete for something.
That’s what he’s trying to do in Portland and what he wants to do if he leaves the Trail Blazers.
This offseason will be crucial for the team, as they can go into rebuilding mode or try to put the right pieces around Lillard.
Lillard has made it clear that he’s trying to win something with his first and only team in the league, but if the situation isn’t right, he’ll try to look for alternatives.
Lillard had 32.2 points, 7.3 assists, and 4.8 rebounds in 58 games this season, confirming that he’s still playing at a high level.
The Blazers have a superstar on the roster, but if they can’t maximize Lillard’s talent, he’s better off looking for a new team.NEXT: Former Celtics Player Comments On The Hiring Of Sam Cassell