Star guard Damian Lillard is expected to address a report after Team USA’s practice Friday that stated he’s days away from asking the Blazers for a trade.
Last week, Lillard didn’t put the rampant speculation to rest when The Post asked him if he was mulling a trade. Lillard stated the words haven’t come from his mouth and that Blazers GM Neil Olshey knows exactly how he feels. Lillard also didn’t give a ringing endorsement on the new controversial hiring of Chauncey Billups during that Team USA press conference.
TrueHoop.com reported Friday morning Lillard is days away from asking for a trade. The Post has reported multiple times Lillard will likely be attracted to the Knicks’ situation because their assistant coach Johnnie Bryant is one of his mentors from Oakland.
The Knicks have been monitoring Lillard’s situation for months, interested in putting together a package for the Blazers superstar. The Post has reported the Knicks likely would be amenable to trading three first-round picks. Time is of the essence with the July 29 NBA Draft coming up and the Knicks needing to know whether to continue pursuits of PG Collin Sexton, among others.