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Video: Damian Lillard Comments on the Trail Blazers’ 2018 Free Agency Period

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Damian Lillard talks about the Blazers offseason and assumes the front office has done all it could to improve the team.

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During the NBA Draft and Free Agency period, 2018, the Portland Trail Blazers added four players: Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr, Nik Stauskas and Seth Curry. They also parted ways with Ed Davis, Pat Connaughton, Shabazz Napier and Georgios Papagiannis. Blazers fans and NBA analysts have given Portland mixed reviews, but the audience they need to impress boils down to one. All-Star point guard Damian Lillard is watching his prime years and his current contract with the Blazers slip by. He’s asked for improvements to the roster. This week, Lillard was met by a media scrum asking his thoughts on the off-season so far.

Lillard’s assessment appeared to be guarded. He said he “assumed” that, despite losing experience, the front office had done all it could to improve the roster, chasing veteran players. He then offered this quote:

We tried, I guess. We tried to get guys to come here in free agency. I’m pretty sure we tried everything that we could to try and improve the team. We made the moves that we made.

Lillard finished with, ”There’s really nothing I can do about it. It’s out of my control,” before confirming he would do everything he could to improve his own game before the start of the season.

Orlando Sanchez of KGW TV tweeted the full video.

Previously, Lillard shared his sadness when Davis’ departure was announced in the opening hours of free agency.

“We lost some guys that played great minutes for us...Ed gave us great minutes all season long, a vet, same thing with Pat, same thing with Bazz”

The Blazers have filled all 15 roster spots. Absent further moves, they will enter the season with this roster:

Damian Lillard
CJ McCollum
Evan Turner
Jusuf Nurkic
Maurice Harkless
Meyers Leonard
Al-Farouq Aminu
Zach Collins
Seth Curry
Anfernee Simons
Caleb Swanigan
Jake Layman
Wade Baldwin
Nik Stauskas
Gary Trent Jr