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#pounditWednesday, January 19, 2022

Damian Lillard says he’s not willing to ‘sell myself out’ to win championship

Damian Lillard

Unlike many other NBA superstars, Damian Lillard has spent his entire career with one team and has given no indication that he wants to be the next player to join a super-team to chase a championship. Portland Trail Blazers fans will love to hear that he has no intention of changing that mentality.

Lillard appeared on a recent episode of the “Posted Up w/ Chris Haynes” podcast, and he spoke about why he has not left Portland like Kevin Durant did with the Oklahoma City Thunder or Anthony Davis is trying to do with the New Orleans Pelicans. The 28-year-old said he cares more about building relationships and is “not willing to sell myself out” just to win a title.

Lillard signed a five-year extension with the Blazers in 2015, and he’s under contract with the team through the 2020-21 season. He has only gotten better each season, and he’s averaging 26.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this year.

The Blazers have been bounced from the playoffs in the first round each of the past two seasons, and there’s no reason to think they’re going to de-throne the Golden State Warriors or contend for a title anytime soon. Lillard wants to win, but it is obviously not his only priority.

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