Mosley defends Lillard’s trade request, says he deserves respect from fans
Portland Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups spoke about Damian Lillard, who has requested a trade away from the team. Billups said that Lillard has done enough for the city and the organization to earn the respect of the fans, regardless of his decision.
Lillard, who has spent his entire 11-year career with the Blazers, has asked to be traded to the Miami Heat, according to multiple reports. The Blazers are expected to honor his request, as they are in a rebuilding mode and have a young core of players.
Billups, who was interviewed by reporters on Tuesday, said that Lillard has been nothing but great for the Blazers and their fans. He said that Lillard has never been negative or unprofessional, and that he is a man of integrity.
“He’s been amazing for Portland, for our fans, for our organization. He’s never been anything but positive to any of us. He’s a stand-up guy, he’s always been professional. This is a business thing now. I don’t think there’s any pressure on either side.
“We have a great fan base. Everyone in the NBA knows that our fans are top-notch. And the fact is, they’re still going to be fans of Dame. 100% of them are still going to be – no matter where he plays. But they’re also going to be fans of the Blazers.”
Billups did not know if Lillard’s trade request would have a negative impact on the team.
“I’m not sure. Dame is one of the most stable people I’ve ever been around. He’s not going to cause any drama or anything like that. So, this whole process might be heavy for him. He’s not that kind of guy.”
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