June 10, 2023

Damian Lillard: I Want A Chance To Go For It

Damian Lillard, Joe Cronin and Chauncey Billups all talked about the need for the Portland Trail Blazers to make big moves this offseason after they finished the season 2-15 over their final 17 games with a 33-49 record overall.

Lillard said there are talented players who want to come to Portland. When asked if he sees a plan to make it all happen, Lillard said he sees “a road to what we could do.”

“But,” Lillard said, “there is a difference in ‘We can do this … and we can do that’ and actually doing it.”

The Blazers are likely to trade their lottery pick unless they land the No. 1 overall selection and can select Victor Wembanyama.

“I’m just not interested in that. That’s not a secret,” Lillard said of adding another young player. “I want a chance to go for it. And if the route is to (draft youth), then that’s not my route.”

Cronin says the Blazers have a “target group” of players they think would be good fits in Portland, the same players he said he failed to land in February at the trade deadline.

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