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Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 10:50 am  |  19 responses

Damian Lillard Willing to Help Recruit Free Agents to Portland


In addition to all of his other offseason obligations, Damian Lillard may be called on to put on a recruiting hat for the Blazers this summer. Lillard says he’s ready to help persuade free agents to join him in Portland. Per CSNNW: “It depends on what our team is going to need, but if I like a player that is on the market and I know he has interest, of course I’m going to reach out to them,’ Lillard said. ‘I’m going to do what I can to help the team get better.’ Trail Blazers two-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge has already said he will be sending text messages to certain free agents he believes would make sense for the organization. In years past, it hasn’t been an easy task convincing high-level talent to relocate to the Pacific Northwest. But with the lethal combination of Aldridge, Lillard, a creative offensive mind in Head Coach Terry Stotts, the proven track record of Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey and $11.9 – $13.1 million in cap space, could equal a winning formula for persuasion. ‘I just think Portland is a great place,’ Lillard said. ‘The people here are great. If they want to play in a city where they know the crowd is going to be there whether you’re having a bad season or good season, losing streak or winning streak, our fans give you something to play for. They are there every game supporting us and it’s inspiring when you are out there on the floor. When the game seems out of reach, they’re constantly cheering. People aren’t getting up leaving their seats and it’s like that every single game.’ Big time cities such as Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York have the nightlife experience that most young players gravitate towards. It also helps that those teams are currently winning. There are pros and cons to working in a city with an eventful nightlife. Lillard discusses the cons. ‘As a professional, you shouldn’t want to go to a city where there is a lot of distractions and places where you can get into some trouble,’ Lillard said. ‘For me, I think this is the perfect place. I got out to movies, dinner, but I am able to take care of my business and focus. That’s what I’m here for.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    really good to know that aldridge is willing to send text messages

  • bike

    They need to focus on talented FAs that like to steelhead fish, drink great beer, don’t mind rain, and like granola chicks. That should narrow it down pretty quickly.

  • Timshel

    So Bill Walton is interested in playing basketball again?

  • Lil_Stratboy

    they just need a scorer, they already got a good playmaker in Maynor

  • RipCity

    it worked for roy hibbert last year

  • KingBenjamin

    No NBA star wants to come play in boring ass Portland, soon as Lillard’s contract is up he’s going to leave Portland.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    sounds lazy lol

  • keyon dooling

    Dwight should go there..

    Dame, Matthews, Batum, LMA, Dwight would be fun (hopefully a bench too Lol)

  • Caboose

    Meaning Lillard and Aldridge are….not scorers?

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.callihan1 Chris Callihan

    what i was about to say

  • Lil_Stratboy

    do you even watch the stats or their games? It’s a lot of pressure on the starting 5 to make plays and score. Because they barely got anyone who could do any of those two, they became one of the most productive starting 5 of the league also with the minutes they consume per game. So when one goes to the bench, it was a blow for the team until they got Maynor. But still they need this one scorer to pair with Maynor (off the bench), that would keep the scoring consistent when the starting 5 are resting. And no, Barton is not consistent. And another thing is their adjustments on defense. Then they’ll be winning consistently. I would make this more elaborate but I got other stuff to do, so…

  • Caboose

    Then maybe you should have specified, “They need a BENCH scorer,” which they do. You misspoke.

  • AndyK415

    Right on

  • Lil_Stratboy

    I don’t have to specify if you’ve been watching their games and know their players(and their player’s value) well enough, you’d already guess that the scorer should come from the bench. Unless they need to make a trade with either Matthews or Batum. But it seems like Hickson will be the one packing, so…

  • Caboose

    Simple: they have 3 VERY GOOD scorers in Lillard, Aldridge, and Batum. You said “they just need a scorer.” Clearly they do not. Their bench is rather thin, as their best scorer off the bench is Maynor. So yes, they need a bench scorer. You did not say that. Hence, you misspoke. Just admit the mistake bro, it’s ok.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you should still say what you mean. nobody is going to assume you know what your talking about.

  • RIPCITY4LIFE

    Your assessment of Portland is about as strong as your reading skills. The kid loves it here dumbass

  • ripcity4life

    Not to mention many retired and current Blazers move here for good once they have experienced the community.

  • Tim

    I’d like to see us go after OJ Mayo and move Wes to 6th man. I’d love a big, but there really aren’t any worth paying that kind of money to, except for Pekovic, and he will likely stay in MN.

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