Damian Lillard Drops Major Hint on His Future Through Instagram Post

Published 09/09/2021, 12:08 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Gold medal match – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 7, 2021. Damian Lillard of the United States reacts REUTERS/Brian Snyder


One of the biggest free agency sagas was of Trailblazers’ star Damian Lillard. After giving it his all in the playoffs last season, Lillard hinted at wanting out of Portland. He explained that his priority was competing, which didn’t seem possible with Portland. However, he may have given Portland fans some good news.

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Lillard has been the franchise player for the Trailblazers for a long time. He has had some memorable performances for them. This includes his record-breaking 55 point performance, which ended up in a loss. But, through all the tough times, he has never given up on the organization.

Jun 3, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1) in the second half during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. The Denver Nuggets won the game 126-115. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

However, the 31 YO came close to leaving the organization after this off-season. Dame has been with Portland for his entire career, with just one appearance in the conference finals. He has failed to even have an NBA finals appearance, let alone a championship under his belt. Hence, he wanted to leave to compete.

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But, his recent Instagram post may suggest that he is committing to the city once again.

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Damian Lillard back at Portland?

Lillard was arguably the hottest star on the market. He made it public that he wanted to compete on many occasions, but also said that he did not want to leave Portland. Well, his recent Instagram post seems to point at exactly that.

His recent post says that he is coming back for more. This suggests that Lillard will indeed complete his tenure as per his contract with the Trailblazers. Hence, this squashes all rumors of his move to any team. Moreover, it also destroys his purpose of trying to compete.

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While the Trailblazers have been a successful organization, they are not on a championship level yet. They are still trying to develop a championship organization and Lillard seems to be the centerpiece. However, the 31 YO may not have that time on his hands.

Jun 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots a three point basket over Denver Nuggets guard Austin Rivers (25) in the third quarter during game five in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Even though he seems to get better eventually, age catches up with everyone. Lillard has not made it clear yet if he intends to stay with Portland. Hence, he may stay until he is eligible to join a team of his choice.

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Do you think Damian Lillard will be in Portland for his entire career? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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