NBA Analyst Believes Damian Lillard Will be ‘Frustrated’ with Phoenix Suns’ Success

Published 07/20/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Mar 28, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives past Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) during the third quarter at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports


Damian Lillard has been the talk of the town ever since the Portland Trail Blazers were knocked out of the 2021 season. Numerous reports have claimed that the Portland star is opting for a move out this summer. The 31-year-old is currently busy training with the USA national side that is preparing for the 2021 Olympics.

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The point guard has given it his all for Portland, for nearly a decade now. He has been one of the greats of the franchise, averaging close to 25 points in the nine regular seasons he has played. However, after an apparent fallout recently, Lillard might be on his way out. Portland’s No. 0 could possibly be traded or sold to another squad if he wishes.

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Reggie Miller thinks Damian Lillard would be disappointed in retrospect

The Denver Nuggets knocked the Portland Trail Blazers out in the Western Conference quarterfinals. Despite starting on a positive note and Lillard performing exceedingly well, the Portland side crashed out 4-2 in the series. And NBA analyst Reggie Miller believes that Phoenix reaching the Finals will be something that Lillard will ponder on.

Mar 16, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers (from left to right) Robert Covington (23), Damian Lillard (0), Gary Trent Jr. (2), CJ McCollum (3), and Carmelo Anthony (00) walk back to the court after a timeout during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

“I think if I’m Damian Lillard, I look around at the Phoenix Suns and say ‘they got to the NBA Finals’. No knock on Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Monty Williams, great!” said the former Indiana Pacers legend.

An early exit would have been ‘frustrating’ for Lillard

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Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show, Miller recognized the agony in Lillard’s mind with the way his campaign ended. He said, “But you’re talking about the role players; Cameron Payne, Torrey Craig, DeAndre Ayton. They got to the NBA Finals, and you’re telling me we [Portland] couldn’t have done that? That probably would be more frustrating if I am Lillard.”

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With the chances of an exit increasing by the day, Portland may have to start its quest for a new star soon enough. Multiple top sides are rumored to be interested in signing Lillard, including the Lakers and Warriors. Either way, Lillard will be an undoubted asset wherever he plays. Where do you think the shooting legend will play next season?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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