There was a lot of chatter during the NBA offseason involving Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard. Rumors swirled that he would be requesting a trade from the team, looking to go to an organization that was closer to contending for a title.

It was a notion that he pushed back against all offseason. No matter how many reports surfaced or questions he was asked, he remained constant with his response; he was going nowhere. Now a few weeks into the 2021-22 regular season and he has doubled and tripled down on that sentiment.

Lillard wants to be in Portland. The Milwaukee Bucks winning the 2021 NBA Championship convinced Lillard that he can do the same with the Trail Blazers.

Discussions with new head coach Chauncey Billups and some of the moves that the front office made during the offseason also put Lillard at ease.

But, he did consider requesting a trade from the team at some point during the offseason. Any time he thought about it, he just couldn’t shake the feeling of leaving Portland behind.