Trail Blazers legend Clyde Drexler revealed that he was prepared to retire in Portland on a recent episode of the Posecast Podcast with James Posey. According to the snippet posted on Twitter by Alex Kennedy of Basketball News, Drexler only pushed for a trade after the Blazers attempted to re-tool their aging roster.
NBA legend Clyde Drexler wanted to finish his career with the Portland Trail Blazers. However, on "The Posecast," he explained what went wrong in Portland and why he ultimately orchestrated a trade to the Houston Rockets: pic.twitter.com/kZvwZRcmPW— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) October 31, 2020
Following two first-round postseason exits, Drexler claims that the Blazers gave up too quickly on their existing roster. Duckworth, who was shipped to Washington for Harvey Grant in the 1993 offseason, went on to play in only 143 games over four seasons in his post-Portland career. Drexler was eventually traded to Houston for a package headlined by Otis Thorpe prior to the trade deadline in 1995. The Rockets went on to win the title that season.
You can check out Drexler’s full interview at Basketball News.