The Blazers have mutually parted ways with coach Terry Stotts after nine seasons, and Stotts was Lillard’s only NBA coach.
While the Blazers are said to be contemplating roster changes, at the moment, moving Lillard is not believed to be among those considerations.
Lillard has repeatedly stated he would like to remain and win with the Blazers for the long-term, and has never given any indication he wants to play elsewhere.
“Lillard and his agent, Aaron Goodwin, could easily change that tone, though,” Young reported. “A person close to Lillard told CNBC that he’s expected to wait to see what the Blazers do this off-season before deciding his future.”
Either way, rival teams seem determined to monitor his availability.
“Sources say several NBA teams — including those in the top markets — are already intensely monitoring this situation in Portland and how it develops to look for an opening to make trade offers,” wrote Shams Charania and Jason Quick of The Athletic.
Lillard, 30, averaged 28.8 points and 7.5 assists in 67 regular-season games.
ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, Michigan’s Juwan Howard, Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups and Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni are among those said to be in the mix to replace Stotts, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.