Damian Lillard does not intend to move on from the Portland Trail Blazers to team up with other NBA stars any time soon.
The guard signed a four-year, $196million extension with the Trail Blazers and refuses to "sell out" for championship rings by leaving the city that picked him sixth overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Lillard spoke with Complex on Wednesday and discussed his thoughts about super teams.
"I think people are taking control because there's no greater time to do it than now," Lillard said.
"And I don't have a problem with that, but the way I see stuff is, like, I don't prefer to go that route. Just like they're choosing to do this stuff for their career, I'm choosing to do what I want for mine, too."
This offseason was an eventful one in the NBA. Kevin Durant elected to part ways with the Golden State Warriors to join the Brooklyn Nets, Anthony Davis forced his way to the Los Angeles Lakers via trade request and Paul George leveraged his way to an ideal situation when he joined Kawhi Leonard on the Los Angeles Clippers.
The balance of power has shifted in the NBA because of these moves, but Lillard wants to stay put and win it all on his own terms.
"To leave, what did I invest all this time for just to leave, you know?" Lillard said. "If I go play with three other stars, I don't think that many people would doubt that I could win it. We would win it, but what is the challenge or the fun in that?"
Lillard, a four-time All-Star, has consistently been one of the best guards in the NBA in recent years. He has career averages of 23.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists and has developed a reputation for knocking down clutch shots – like the signature dagger that eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder from the 2018-19 playoffs.
"I wanna be the one, the star that wants to be here [in Portland]," Lillard said. "I wanna be the one that embodies all of those things and then be a part of the rise from 'we haven't won since '77, and now we won, and Dame's everything to our city'. I just am who I am, and that fits here."
|Red Sox explain Mookie Betts trade: One of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to make|
|LeBron felt Kobe Bryant´s presence during All-Star Game|
|This one is for him – Leonard thanks Kobe Bryant after winning All-Star Game MVP|
|Team LeBron beat Team Giannis in NBA All-Star Game|
|LeBron James surpasses Kobe Bryant in All-Star milestone|
|I should have two trophies – Gordon unlikely to return to slam dunk contest|
|Jones edges Gordon in incredible slam dunk contest|
|NBA names All-Star MVP award after Kobe Bryant|
|Mason Rudolph calls reiterated claim he racially abused Myles Garrett a ´bold-faced lie´|
|Zion reacts to breaking backboard with powerful dunk: I don´t think it was me!|
|Minnesota fire Boudreau as head coach|
|Bridges named MVP as USA beat Team World in Rising Stars Challenge|
|Kobe Bryant among finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame|
|Cardinals will not cut David Johnson, says GM Steve Keim|
|Josh Norman on release by Redskins: Now I can start something new and fresh|
|Luka Doncic: Zion Williamson is ´a different beast´|
|Zion Williamson wants to represent USA at future Olympics|
|Myles Garrett repeats claim he was racially abused by Mason Rudolph|
|George under Doc´s orders to rest after suffering hamstring injury|
|Celtics outlast Clippers in double OT before All-Star break, Thunder take down Pelicans|
|Roethlisberger not ´at the end of the road´ – Steelers GM Colbert optimistic over QB´s future|
|Clippers´ George fined $35k for ´home-court cooking´ comments|
|Houston Astros owner on sign stealing: Our opinion is this didn´t impact the game|
|Booker replaces injured Lillard in NBA All-Star Game|
|LeBron: Lakers not thinking about seeding for playoffs|
|Raptors like ´walking zombies´ as 15-game win streak ended - Lowry|
|When it happened, I just felt it - Damian Lillard forced out of NBA All-Star Game|
|Raptors´ 15-game winning streak snapped, Giannis-less Bucks fall as LeBron stars|
|´It´s going to be pretty special´ – Dodgers recruit Mookie Betts|
|Blues´ Bouwmeester prognosis ´very positive´ after cardiac episode|
|Bucks without Giannis Antetokounmpo for second straight game|
|Browns star Garrett reinstated by NFL, keen to put helmet incident behind him|
|James Harden and Russell Westbrook ´scary´ in matching Leonard and George feat|
|Zion Williamson surprises himself with dominant 31-point display|
|Zion, Morant & Doncic - The NBA prodigies set to light up the Rising Stars Challenge|
|Paul George angered by ´home-court cooking´ in Clippers´ loss to 76ers|
|Blues-Ducks clash postponed after Bouwmeester suffers ´cardiac episode´|
|Simmons triple-double helps 76ers take down Clippers, Rockets end Celtics streak|
|Joel Embiid expresses love for 76ers after boos & cryptic social media post|
|Panthers owner Tepper: Health to determine Newton´s future|
|Knicks valued at $4.6billion, ahead of Lakers & Warriors|
|Mavs star Doncic ´ready´ to return against Kings|
|Red Sox name Roenicke interim manager|
|LeBron James unsure on playing Olympics but says ´my name is in the hat´|
|Zion Williamson focused on ´longevity´ as injuries impact rookie season|
|Nurse lauds Raptors´ ´A-plus game´ after spoiling Russell debut|
|Emotional Andre Iguodala feels at home on Warriors return|
|Lakers dominate Suns, Raptors win 15th straight|
|Dodgers confirm trade for Betts, Price from Red Sox|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo out of Bucks game with Kings following birth of son|
|D´Angelo Russell, Karl-Anthony Towns giving away 2,000 tickets for Timberwolves home debut|
|Rivers to enter free agency after 16 years with Chargers|
|LeBron, Curry and Durant among 44 finalists for Team USA Olympic roster|
|High school coach likens ´rock star´ Mahomes to The Beatles and Pele|
|Andre Iguodala set for swift Warriors reunion after trade to Heat|
|Morris makes presence felt in Clippers debut|
|Morant after first career triple-double - Grizzlies will keep playing with a chip on our shoulder|
|Bogdanovic on game-winner: I shouldn´t have been on the court|
|Clippers condemn Cavs to worst home loss in franchise history, Morant posts first triple-double|
|Kobe Bryant honoured at Oscars|
|Patrick Mahomes has ´even more endorsement potential than Peyton Manning´|
|LeBron James: ´6th Man´ Kobe Bryant gave me unintended dunk tribute|
|Curry targets return at the start of March, ´excited´ about playing with Wiggins|
|Timberwolves stun Clippers to end losing streak, Lakers win|
|´It cost us the f****** game´ - Lillard and Blazers fume over missed goaltending|
|Raptors win 13th straight game, 76ers snap skid|
|Kerr: Wiggins a better fit for Warriors than Russell|
|MLBPA chief: Proposed Betts trade must be resolved quickly|
|Kobe Bryant crash investigation reveals no evidence of engine failure|
|Celebration of Kobe and Gianna Bryant´s lives to be held at Staples Center|