This isn’t all too surprising. Lillard has grown tired playing with a bunch of mediocre players. He’s ready to join a contender and make a championship run, which he’s fully capable of doing, depending on the team. One of the teams that appears to be in the mix – if Lillard does indeed demand a trade – is the New York Knicks, per Grant Afseth of Sports Illustrated.
Portland forward Jusuf Nurkic saw Afseth’s report via Twitter on Friday and couldn’t help but respond. He appeared to call Afseth a clown and refuted his report.
Take a look.
What a 🤡 bruh…Keep🧢 🤡 https://t.co/kyntbIUr4D
— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) July 16, 2021
Jusuf Nurkic clearly believes all of Friday’s rumors about Damian Lillard are false. But he’s probably just as out of the loop as the rest of us.
Lillard is spending this summer competing with Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics. He doesn’t exactly have much time to talk with his Portland teammates. It’s plausible Lillard came the conclusion he needs to demand a trade after playing alongside some of the NBA’s best players.
The reality is Nurkic and his Portland teammates have no one to blame but themselves. They let down Lillard time and time again these past few years. It’s completely understandable he reportedly wants out.