I wonder if this is related to Damian Lillard's recent comments about Portland.
ďThat would be an honor to be a lifetime Blazer,Ē Lillard told The Athletic at the NBA 2K launch in New York. ďNot a lot of guys get to play for one organization for their entire career. Obviously, I love playing for the Blazers. I love living in the city. I feel like Iíve established a connection with the people and the culture of the city just as much as Iíve done on the basketball court, so thatís important. But, as we know, itís a business and a lot of times organizations have other plans, and sometimes players change their stance on that. But to be a lifetime Blazer, that would be great. Iím all on board for it.Ē
He's also arguably better, his city loves him, and he has averaged 78 games/season for his career.