But Lillard's longtime teammate insists the star point guard isn't going anywhere.
Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic took aim at True Hoop's Henry Abbott Friday on Twitter after Abbott reported that Lillard is planning a trade request.
Abbott didn't back down after Nurkic's tweet -- and neither did Nurkic.
In fact, the Bosnia native also called "cap" (aka "not true") on a report that Lillard is interested in joining the New York Knicks.
Nurkic even gave Lillard a birthday shout-out Thursday on Twitter, so he's clearly pulling out all the stops to try to keep the All-Star in Portland.
Nurkic's valiant efforts might be in vain, though. If Lillard's true goal is to a win a championship, he'd be better off requesting a trade from the Blazers, who have advanced past the first round of the playoffs just once in the past five years.
The Celtics have been floated as a landing spot for the 31-year-old star, but a trade for Lillard almost certainly would require Boston to part with Jaylen Brown, who's one of the NBA's best young two-way players and is on a much more favorable contract.
The Knicks are the current betting favorite to trade for Lillard, so if he winds up in New York, Nurkic should know we kept receipts.