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Blazers’ Damian Lillard Wants to Spend Entire Career with Team, Talks Playing with CJ McCollum

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard had been the subject of trade rumors this offseason and will likely to be as the 2018-2019 season get underway, but he would prefer to stay with the Blazers for his entire career, according to The Athletic’s Michael Scotta.

“That would be an honor to be a lifetime Blazer,” Damian Lillard said at the NBA 2K launch in New York.

“Not 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 I’ve established a connection with the people and the culture of the city just as much as I’ve done on the basketball court, so that’s important. But, as we know, it’s 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. I’m all on board for it.”

Lillard also enjoys playing with his close friend and teammate CJ McCollum, and knows that their chemistry to key to the success of the team while also realizing the Blazers need more than that to win.

“I think as far as me and CJ, our friendship is so strong that it allows us to play really well together on the court, and we get our job done every night,” Lillard continued. “But when you talk about winning the championship and competing in the playoffs against teams like Golden State, Houston and San Antonio and all those guys, it’s a group effort. We’ve all got to be able to count on each other to compete at that level. Our team, we’ve got a lot of guys that care and a lot of guys that work hard. We’ve just got to keep improving.”

 

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Jonas Jerebko Heading to Europe

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Jonas Jerebko

Former Golden State Warriors’ forward Jonas Jerebko is continuing his playing career in Europe this upcoming season.

According to Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonos, Jerebko is close to sign with Khimki Moscow Region.

Jerebko averaged 6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists last season with the Warriors, highlighted by some strong play during the playoffs.

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Lance Stephenson to Play in China

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Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson has inked a one-year, $4 million deal to play in China.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, Stephenson has agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal to join the Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Stephenson averaged 7.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists last season for the Lakers.

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James McAdoo to Play in Turkey

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Former Golden State Warriors forward James McAdoo is heading to Turkey to continue his playing career.

According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, McAdoo has signed with Turkish team Besiktas.

McAdoo entered the NBA has an undrafted talent back in 2014, spending his first three seasons with the Golden State Warriors, winning titles with the Dubs in 2015 and 2017.

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