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Blazers’ Damian Lillard Has No Interest in Joining a Super Team

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Portland Trail Blazer superstar guard Damian Lillard wants to see the Blazers become a Western Conference powerhouse, but as teams go the route of building super teams, Lillard prefers that Portland focuses on building a consistent team built on chemistry.

“When you look around the league, you just see the talent. Teams are stacking up on talent,” Lillard said, according to The Athletic’s Jason Quick.

“You see a lot of guys teaming up and guys wanting to be on the same team. When you want to compete with that — like on a championship level — you gotta try to fight that with firepower. For us, I think our chemistry, our style of play, and the coaching we have — that’s a big thing for us. So like, we lean on that. We’ve been successful with it. But when you talk about a championship level, it’s tough to compete with those ultra-talented teams — Golden State, Oklahoma City, teams that just have player after player after player.

Lillard sees the quickly approaching NBA trade deadline as an opportunity to make smart decisions, such as keeping the current roster together

“So you don’t want to go into the trade deadline just doing stuff to do it, then you break up something that was working for you,” Lillard said. “So I think you are almost better off taking your chances with ‘Let’s see if togetherness if going to beat the talent at some point.”’

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Khris Middleton Plans to Re-Sign with Bucks

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The Milwaukee Bucks will likely be keeping one of their core players on the roster for the future.

According to 247Sports’ Mike Fisher, Bucks forward Khris Middleton plans to re-sign with the team.

Middleton scored 18.3 points per game for Milwaukee last season.

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Bulls, Suns Interested in Fourth-Overall Pick

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The Chicago Bulls and the Phoenix Suns are interested int he 4th overall pick which is now the property of the New Orleans Pelicans following the Anthony Davis trade.

According to Fletcher Mackel of WDSU, both the Suns and the Bulls are interested in the 4th pick so they can select Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland.

Both teams are in need of a point guard, but the Suns have an interesting situation as they may be able to land Brooklyn Nets point guard D’Angelo Russell should Kyrie Irving land in Brooklyn during free agency.

The Suns currently own the 6th overall pick, while the Bulls have the 7th.

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Pelicans’ Julius Randle To Decline Player Option

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New Orleans Pelicans’ forward Julius Randle will decline his player option for the 2019-2020 season and hit the free agent market, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Randle would have collected more than $9 million next season if he opted to pick up the option.

Instead, Randle will hit the market where is expected to draw interest from teams such as the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns, among others.

Randle is coming off a career year in which he posted 21.4 points per game for New Orleans.

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