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Blazers' Damian Lillard Says He's Considering Participating in 2024 Paris Olympics

Erin WalshJuly 10, 2022

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Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is eyeing a return to the Olympics when the Summer Games head to Paris in 2024, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.

"Playing in Paris—with fans and if he's healthy—appeals to Dame. A good sign," Reynolds wrote.

Lillard played for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, which were held behind closed doors because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and he didn't play as well as fans would have hoped.

The 31-year-old appeared in all six games for the United States at the Tokyo games, averaging 11.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 38.3 percent from the floor and 34.8 percent from deep.

Team USA went on to capture the gold medal, and it was revealed after the Games that Lillard nursed an abdomen injury throughout the Olympic tournament. The Athletic and Stadium's Shams Charania noted at the time that the star point guard played through the ailment because he wanted to "help USA capture the gold medal."

That said, the United States would have been in solid position to capture gold even without Lillard as the roster included stars like Bam Adebayo, Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum and Jrue Holiday.

Lillard has also represented the United States at the 2013 and 2014 USA Basketball Showcase, 2014 USA National Team Tour and in 2021 USA Men's National Team exhibition games.

The six-time NBA All-Star recently agreed to a two-year, $122 million extension with the Trail Blazers that will keep him in Portland through the 2026-27 campaign. He has been a staple in the team's lineup since being selected sixth overall in the 2012 draft.

However, he appeared in just 29 games last season before undergoing abdominal surgery in mid-January. He averaged 24 points, 4.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists in those games while shooting 40.2 percent from the floor and 32.4 percent from deep.

If he remains healthy next season, the Trail Blazers should be able to get back to the postseason with a revamped roster than now includes Jerami Grant and Gary Payton II.

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