The Portland Trail Blazers outstanding rookie (of the year), Damian Lillard, is offering his services to assist Portland in recruiting players to come play for the Trail Blazers. Lillard will look to attract the attention of free agent players that can help the Blazers take that next step.
“It depends on what our team is going to need, but if I like a player that is on the market and I know he has interest, of course I’m going to reach out to them,” Lillard said. “I’m going to do what I can to help the team get better.”
Lillard has already won the NBA Skills competition, averaged an amazing 19.1 ppg, 6.5 apg and 3.1 rpg during his rookie campaign, and is expected to take Rookie Of The Year honors as well. Not bad for his first season. It’s clear that this kid has a bright future in this point guard driven league. Star players don’t always hit the recruiting trail, but Lillard seems motivated to help this team in any way he can, and helping bring in players that fit the Blazers’ roster is the best way to help drive his game to the next level.
Moves like this show a young man’s maturity and overall will to win and ambition to play for a team that reflects his own talent. Any soon-to-be free agents who watched Lillard’s rookie season should be more than glad to sign-on for the ride, because one thing that remains clear, is that this kid has something extra special.
“I just think Portland is a great place,”Lillard said.“The people here are great. If they want to play in a city where they know the crowd is going to be there whether you’re having a bad season or good season, losing streak or winning streak, our fans give you something to play for.
“They are there every game supporting us and it’s inspiring when you are out there on the floor. When the game seems out of reach, they’re constantly cheering. People aren’t getting up leaving their seats and it’s like that every single game.”
Lillard has done and said all of the right things so far, and his play has been more than many expected. Convincing solid players to join him in Portland should be a lot easier now that the world has seen what this kid is capable of on the court.