Damian Lillard’s goal in meeting with Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen: ‘Spark that urgency’
Alleviating Paul Allen’s fear, Damian Lillard didn’t request a trade in his requested meeting with the Trail Blazers owner.
So, what did Lillard want to accomplish?
Lillard, in an interview with Rachel Nichols of ESPN:
Paralyzed by a huge payroll, the Trail Blazers have been going the opposite direction. They dumped Allen Crabbe and Noah Vonleh in their last two significant trades. Portland could let Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier walk in free agency this summer. Luxury-tax concerns aren’t vanishing. Evan Turner’s, Maurice Harkless’ and Meyers Leonard’s are major obstacles to upgrading the roster.
The Trail Blazers could be stuck.
That’d be rough news for Lillard, who’s already 27. I understand why he’s trying to push the envelope. His prime is ticking down.
I’m just not sure Portland can help him accomplish his championship-contention goals anytime soon, as hard as he presses.