As part of Damian Lillard's world tour this summer, he is visiting the Philippines, where he sat down for an interview about the Blazers' season, the ongoing NBA Finals, and his status for Team USA in the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics. Despite showing interest in Team USA last February, he sounded unexpectedly noncommittal.
According to Olmin Leyba at The Philippine Star, when asked about his status on the team after recent events, Lillard said, "I see all of these guys dropping out and I don’t know who most likely will be the next guys up. I’m not sure, I haven’t really thought about it yet."
Bong Lozada from inquirer.net reported that, when asked about the likelihood of playing for Team USA, Lillard added, "I’m not sure, I haven’t even looked at the percentage."
Last Friday, Alex Kennedy looked into Lillard's status for the 2016 Olympics, and his source gave a similarly tepid response.
Sources say Damian Lillard hasn't ruled out competing for Team USA in 2016 Olympics. Lillard attended USA Basketball camps in 2013 and 2014.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 10, 2016
During the rest of the interview, Lillard also placed Oklahoma City All-Star Kevin Durant at the top of his wish list for Portland, and did some analysis of the NBA Finals.
He also reflected on the 2015-16 Blazers team, and his expectations for the future.
"I saw my team get better, and we got to the playoffs and we got past the Clippers. And the way we challenged Golden State in the second round, we gained a lot of confidence ... Everybody has to come back as an improved player. We’re not a surprise anymore, so coming into the next season, they’re gonna expect something of us."
If Lillard decides to join Team USA, he'd take part in their Training Camp, from July 18-22 at UNLV campus in Las Vegas, NV. He would then travel with the team for training and exhibition games in Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, Houston, before the Olympics begin in Brazil on August 6.