Portland Trail Blazers fans may have gotten their best sign yet that superstar Damian Lillard is committing to the team for the 2021-2022 season.
On Friday’s episode of Adrian Wojnarowski’s “The Woj Pod,” Lillard’s teammate and brand new NBPA president CJ McCollum discussed his recent interactions with Lillard. Despite Lillard’s reluctance to publicly commit to his future in Portland, McCollum said that Lillard is ready to attack the upcoming season as a member of the Blazers.
There have been questions about Lillard’s desire to stay in Portland since at least the playoffs, after the Blazers got bounced in the first round. Despite eight straight playoff appearances under now-former head coach Terry Stotts, the Blazers haven’t been able to break through and appear in the NBA Finals.
The team parted ways with Stotts in early June and hired Chauncey Billups, who was reportedly not one of the candidates that Lillard had suggested to president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. In fact, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported that the Blazers didn’t interview a single one of Lillard’s suggestions for the head coaching job.