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Damian Lillard is done waiting around for answers.

Last week, Portland’s star would reportedly meet with team owner Paul Allen to discuss the team’s direction. In short—Lillard wants championship assurances. But Allen had other fears.

In the weeks leading up to the meeting, Allen feared Lillard would request a trade, sources said, but a trade request was not made. The two-time All-Star made it clear, though, that he has championship aspirations and wanted to fulfill those lofty goals during the remaining years of his prime window.”

Lillard, the sixth overall pick back in 2012, turns 28 in July. But Portland is his team. And, he’s currently in the middle of yet another stellar season. Dame is averaging 25.2 points per game with an effective shooting rate of 51.3 percent. Add in 6.6 assists and 4.8 rebounds, and you’ve got yourself an All-Star talent.

Plus, in four of his five full seasons in Portland, the Trail Blazers have reached the postseason. But it stops there. Right now, they do not possess enough talent to challenge teams like the Rockets or Warriors. Going a bit further, it’s tough to see them challening the Thunder or Spurs on a consistent basis. But there are pieces here. Not to mention, Lillard and Co. are firmly in the playoff picture right now.

The Blazers are currently 25-22, good for seventh out west. But they are 6-4 over their last 10 and just 1.5 games out of fifth. Moreover, with plenty of time left in the season, they are even just five whole games out of third. It’s the Warriors and Rockets, then everyone else.

But if the Blazers add another piece or two, watch out.

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