Damian Lillard.

Damian Lillard talks about the free agency period for the Portland Trail Blazers

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Free agency has taken the NBA by storm once again as franchises make their moves ahead of another gruelling season of basketball that tips off in October.

The biggest name on the market, Kevin Durant, is taking the headlines but all 30 organisations in the league will have their own plans ready in the hope they can improve on 2015/16.

For the Portland Trail Blazers, the upcoming season will be a case of developing on something very special after they stunned everybody to reach the Western Conference semi-finals.

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Ultimately, the Golden State Warriors proved too strong for them, but having lost four of their starting five this time last year, even reaching the playoffs was considered a success.

Damian Lillard, who was surprisingly shunned for the All-Star game, led the way and had a legitimate claim to be in the race for Most Valuable Player, while his backcourt teammate C.J. McCollum was the rightful winner of the Most Improved Player award.

Asked about his thoughts of free agency, D-Lil said: “I think there’s some guys out there that can really help take our team to the next level. I really like the guys we have, too. I’m a strong believer that if guys go home and get better over the summer, we come back, we’ll be that much better.


"We’ll continue to get better. But my job is to make sure that I’m prepared and when I’m asked about a player that can help us, I’m going to give my honest opinion. That’s my duty to our team.”

The point guard is an advocate of hard work and continues to improve with every season he plays in the NBA. Having only been drafted in 2012, he is already among the elites at the one spot and will only get better.

The two-time All-Star, who was named Rookie of the Year in 2013, will be looked upon to ensure Portland at least match their achievements of last season. However, he can't do it all on his own. While it will be no surprise to see Lillard up his game once again, his teammates must follow suit.

Damian Lillard
Portland Trail Blazers
Northwest Division
Western Conference
CJ McCollum

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