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Lillard taking talents to recruiting circuit-Chris Haynes

Lillard has plans for this season for aiding the recruiting for free agents coming to portland. "It depends on what our team is going to need, but if I like a player that is on the market and I know he has interest, of course I'm going to reach out to them," Lillard said. "I'm going to do what I can to help the team get better." "I just think Portland is a great place, Lillard said. "The people here are great. If they want to play in a city where they know the crowd is going to be there whether you're having a bad season or good season, losing streak or winning streak, our fans give you something to play for. "They are there every game supporting us and it's inspiring when you are out there on the floor. When the game seems out of reach, they're constantly cheering. People aren't getting up leaving their seats and it's like that every single game." "As a professional, you shouldn't want to go to a city where there is a lot of distractions and places where you can get into some trouble," Lillard said. "For me, I think this is the perfect place. I go out to movies, dinner, but I am able to take care of my business and focus. That's what I'm here for." And that's why you shouldn't expect Lillard to bolt as soon as his rookie deal is up. He's not a fan of moving all over the place. He had the opportunity to transfer to a bigger college once his name blew up at Weber State but he didn't. He said he chose not to because he was at a school that believed in him from the jump and he wanted to grow and develop with the guys he came in with. Similar to his current team. "I like what we have here," he said. "I think we have a lot of good players now, and all of our good players now are young. It would be great for us to build what we have here. Since we're all together now and young, I think we have a bright future together. "I'm happy with this. I like this city. I like the love that the fans show me. I come from a loyal family so as long as this organization is going to be loyal to me, I'm going to be loyal to them and do what I can to help us grow and bring talent here."

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