Grant Afseth of Sports Illustrated says Damian Lillard reportedly “has his eyes on” the New York Knicks if he’s traded during the 2021 NBA offseason.
Earlier Friday, basketball website TrueHoop reported Damian Lillard would ask for a trade in the near future. He denied a report that he was soon to ask for a trade away from the Portland Trail Blazers but expressed that he’s conflicted on the matter and is hoping big changes take him off the fence.
“Right now I’m not sure what I’m going to do. What I can say is my intentions and my heart has always been set on being in a Trail Blazers uniform for my entire career,” Lillard said after Team USA practice Friday at UNLV. “But I think over time, you want to win it all. And I want to win it all in a Trail Blazers uniform. But we all have to be making strides toward that.”
Lillard, who is under contract until 2024, has been dealing with the Blazers being eliminated in the first round in four of the past five years.
The Knicks made significant strides during the 2020-21 season, posting a 41-31 record to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
The Weber State product averaged 28.8 points, which ranked third in the NBA, along with 7.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 4.1 threes across 67 games for the Blazers during the 2020-21 campaign. He finished seventh in MVP voting.