Damian Lillard on ever joining hometown Warriors: ‘Hell no’
Damian Lillard may hail from Oakland, but the potential lure of ever joining a superteam — even one that plays in his hometown — apparently isn’t a tempting one.
The Portland Trail Blazers superstar recently was asked on Twitter if he’d ever consider returning home to play alongside the likes of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and company with the Golden State Warriors. His response was blunt, to say the least.
Hell no https://t.co/nugsDOd4q8
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) July 13, 2016
Lillard’s curt-but-emphatic response needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Even if he wanted to join the Warriors, there’s virtually no chance it could happen, given that he’s locked up by the Blazers until 2021 courtesy of the five-year, $120 million extension he signed last July.
But the lure of possibly playing for one’s hometown team must have uniquely seductive qualities. We’ve seen two NBA superstars decide to return home this offseason, with Dwyane Wade going home to Chicago to play for the Bulls, Joakim Noah returning to New York to play for the Knicks and Dwight Howard going back to Atlanta to play for the Hawks.
But once again, the circumstances Wade and Noah confronted were entirely different and not a hypothetical proposition, as was the case with Lillard simply responding to an innocuous inquiry on Twitter.
And as far as the new-look Warriors are concerned, Durant’s situation before deciding on Golden State and potentially creating the most lethal superteams in NBA history are again far different than simply stating no interest in joining said super-squad.
Still, the Blazers star’s response must be an encouraging one for fans in Portland.