Damian Lillard: I thought Trail Blazers were trading me to Knicks a few years ago
All-NBA teams in the previous six seasons:
- Damian Lillard: 4
- New York Knicks: 0
Could Lillard have provided the Knicks the star power they so desperate covet?Lillard, in a Q&A with Lisa Robinson of Vanity Fair:
As a Knicks fan, I wish you would come here. Madison Square Garden is so great.
I thought I was headed there a few years ago; I was hearing trade rumors. The Garden is my favorite place to play.
I have no idea when this supposedly happened.
Lillard quickly became a star after the Trail Blazers drafted him in 2012. He has consistently professed his loyalty to Portland. The Trail Blazers signed him to two super-max extensions. Teams rarely willingly give up a player like that.
The Knicks have also usually lacked the assets to trade for a superstar.
Trade rumors can spread from legitimate reports or concocted ideas. But a trade rumor that made Lillard actually believe he was headed to New York? I want to hear more details.