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Damian Lillard Expresses Interest in Owning Trail Blazers

Apparently the former Portland guard would like to re-engage the franchise at some point.

New Orleans Pelicans v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images

Former Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard might have interest in owning the team when his playing days are done. That’s the suggestion of writer Landon Buford, who quotes the star in a piece about Lillard’s aspirations.

Damian Lillard, the electrifying point guard of the Milwaukee Bucks, has recently expressed a keen interest in owning a piece of the Portland Trail Blazers, the team he has spent the entirety of his illustrious career with. In a recent interview with LandonBuford.com, Lillard affirmed his desire, stating, “Absolutely, absolutely, I’ll definitely be a participant in that.”

Buford also quotes Lillard’s former teammate CJ McCollum speaking positively, in general terms, about owning a franchise.

The Blazers have been owned by the Allen family—first Paul, then his sister, Jody—since the Microsoft Mogul purchased the franchise in 1988.

With price tags for NBA franchises currently running in the billions, either player—or both combined—would need significant backing from partners to even make a run at credibility. And, obviously, both would need to be retired from active play in order to qualify.