It’s been a somewhat open secret that Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has been frustrated in Portland. A fourth first round exit in the last five years combined with a reported disapproval of the hiring of new head coach Chauncey Billups, it has seemed more and more likely Lillard would be looking for a way out.

That time may have come as True Hoop’s Henry Abbott reported that “a source close to Lillard says that in the days to come, he plans to request a trade.” It should be noted that Lillard’s teammate, Jusef Nurkić, has been very much denying Abbott’s report and that The Oregonian has a source that says Abbott’s report is not true and that Lillard is not planning to request a trade. Lillard will be addressing those reports in his media availability with Team USA on Friday.

Nevertheless, whether Lillard plans to request a trade or not, it’s gotten social media reacting and wondering where the 31-year-old might possibly play next. 

[True Hoop/The Oregonian]

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