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Blazers’ head coach says he won’t try to change Damian Lillard’s mind, if he opts to leave Portland

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Damian Lillard is still committed to winning with the Portland Trail Blazers, despite the consecutive disappointing playoff first-round exits.

The Blazers’ head coach Chauncey Billups talked on the possibility of Lillard asking out of Portland, claiming that it’s his decision and he will not try to change his mind.

“I came here to coach you, but it’s your career, it’s your life and it’s your family.” Billups said on Sirius XM NBA Radio. “I’ve been there before, and I’m not going to be the guy preaching ‘Stay here, go there, do this.’”

“I got a job to do, I want to do it with you, obviously. But if at some point you deem ‘Hey, another place is another place for me,’ that’s not going to be an indictment on myself. That’s going to be you making a decision for you and your family.”

Lillard spent all of his career so far in one place, after the Blazers selected the Webber State guard in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Even though, Lillard never deemed he wants to leave Portland, the Blazers should look to surround their star with a supporting cast strong enough to contend for a title.

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