At this point in his career, there’s no denying that Damian Lillard’s loyalty lies with the Milwaukee Bucks. The eight-time All-Star has set out to do everything and anything he can to help his team win a championship, which incidentally, is the main reason why he moved to Milwaukee in the first place.
At the same time, however, it is also clear that his former team, the Portland Trail Blazers, still holds a special place in his heart.
Milwaukee Bucks Star Damian Lillard Will Eventually Rejoin Blazers
In a recent interview, Lillard was asked to share his thoughts on potentially joining the Blazers ownership group once he retires from the game. Dame made it no secret that this is all part of his big plan:
“Absolutely, absolutely,” Lillard told Landon Buford of USATODAY Sports. “I’ll definitely be a participant in that.”
Lillard has earned enough money throughout his career to purchase a significant stake in the Blazers franchise. He’s not done either, with the 33-year-old set to pocket upwards of $200 million over the next four seasons. This also includes a whopping $63.2 million for the 2026-27 season.
You also know that the Blazers would welcome him back with open arms and that the ownership group would love to have him on board.
Dame Wants to Retire a Blazer
This is not the first time Lillard has declared his desire to someday return to Portland. In fact, his comeback is likely to come sooner than when he potentially purchases an ownership stake in the team.
In a recent interview, Dame revealed that he plans on retiring with the Blazers:
“I see there being a time where I play for the Trail Blazers,” he said, via Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian. “But it won’t be right now. I play for the Bucks. To accomplish what we want to accomplish, you’ve got to be all in on that. And I was traded and I’m all in to try to accomplish that here.”
Lillard is no spring chicken and he’s under contract with the Bucks through 2027, with a player option on the 2026-27 season. He would be 36 or 37 by then, which likely means that he would have a couple more years remaining before he calls time on his decorated career should he decide to re-join the Blazers after his stint in Milwaukee.
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