Damian LillardIts role as the centerpiece of a three-team trade between the Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns rocked the NBA on Wednesday.
The 11-year veteran has spent his entire career in Portland, but he’ll fit in with the two-time MVP. Giannis Antetokounmpo This coming season.
Lillard, who holds the Trail Blazers’ franchise records for both points and 3-pointers, acknowledged the move to X, formerly Twitter.
He kept true to his promise to address fans in Portland with a song titled “Farewell” that was released shortly after the news broke.
Casuals won’t be addressed but Trailblazers fans and the city of Portland that I truly love… and they will truly be addressed. stay tuned
Excited for my next chapter! @box 🎟️
— Damian Lillard (@dam_lillard) September 27, 2023
“I’ll leave the trail but it ain’t gonna be for the Blazers,” Lillard, who releases music under the name Dame Dolla, raps toward the end of the track. “To the fans, I love you, it’s unconditional. My reasons for leaving this town are not ordinary, so it’s essential not to believe the narrative; just know that I’m better than what I inherited.”
Lillard, 33, was the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft. He led the Trail Blazers to eight playoff berths, including an appearance in the 2019 Western Conference Finals.
He averaged a career-best 32.2 points and 7.3 assists last season, but only played in 58 games as he sat out the final month of the season. The Trail Blazers finished the season missing the playoffs for the second year in a row. It marked the first time in Lillard’s tenure that the team missed the postseason in consecutive seasons.
“Farewell” ends with a message to Portland fans:
“I’m leaving in peace ’cause I know in the end this is a business. I hope you remember all the things to sit and witness. In the future people, I hope we greet with hugs and kisses. But, you should know They chose another mission.”
Lillard requested a trade on July 1.