Potential Knicks target Damian Lillard says 'it's not true' that he's requesting trade

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Damian Lillard attempts shot in pre-game white Blazers shirt
Damian Lillard attempts shot in pre-game white Blazers shirt

Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard spoke to media on Friday at Team USA practice to clear the air on his future with the team.

"I woke up to those reports, a lot of people reaching out to me -- it's not true," Lillard said. "I'll start off the rip and say it's not true. I said the last time I spoke to you guys, a lot of things are being said and it hasn't come from me. Number one, it's not true. And secondly, I'll also say I haven't made any firm decision on what my future will be.

"There's really no need for anybody else to speak for me, or report this or report that. If there's something to be said, as I said the last time, I'll speak directly with my team and with [Blazers GM] Neil [Olshey]. That's that."

It had been previously reported on Friday that Lillard was expected to formally request a trade.

SNY's Ian Begley has reported that the Knicks have done homework on the possibility of acquiring the star guard if he comes available.

Lillard went on to talk about the success the Blazers have had over the last few seasons, but asked if what they've done is enough to win.

"I think the best way to put it is just to be more urgent," Lillard said. "Be more urgent about what our next step is, and how we move forward. I think we have a lot of pride about, we've made the playoffs all these years in a row. We're not a bad team, we're a winning team. We're in the playoffs every year, we got a great environment, we have a great city, we have great fans, there's a lot of positives.

"I just think we've reached that point where it's like ok, but it's not enough. Do we actually want to win it all? Is that what we're shooting for? And we got to do things to show that, we got to put action behind that desire to win at that level. That's been my only thing this entire time."

The All-Star then shot down a question about what cities or teams that he would be interested in going to if he were to leave Portland.

"If I say that I haven't made a firm decision, that means I'm not looking in the direction of other teams, saying this is what I'm gonna do or anything like that, we're not at that point," Lillard said.

Lillard went on to reaffirm his stance on playing his entire career with the Blazers, saying he wants to win in that uniform.

"Right now, I'm not sure what I'm going to do," Lillard said. "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. But I think over time, you want to win it all. I want to win it all in a Trail Blazers uniform, so we all have to be making strides towards that."