Rival Teams ‘Intensely’ Monitoring Possible Availability Of Damian Lillard

Rival teams are monitoring the Damian Lillard situation with the Trail Blazers in an effort to see if the star point guard may be made available, per Shams Charania and Jason Quick of The Athletic.

The Blazers mutually parted ways with coach Terry Stotts after nine seasons, and Stotts was Lillard’s only NBA coach. Still, there is no indication that Lillard would like to move on.Damian Lillard

“I love Terry,” Lillard told The Athletic. “And I will miss him as my coach.”

That said, Lillard has made his own pick for Stotts’ replacement evident, telling Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, “(Lakers assistant) Jason Kidd is the guy I want.”

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. Quite the opposite.

But that apparently won’t keep opposing teams from at least checking in on 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,” Charania and Quick wrote.

Lillard, 30, averaged 28.8 points and 7.5 assists in 67 regular-season games.

Along with Kidd, ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, Michigan’s Juwan Howard, Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups and Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni are said to be in the mix to replace Stotts, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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