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As the Portland Trail Blazers continue their quest to find a suitable trade deal for Damian Lillard, the star point guard’s preference for the Miami Heat remains unwavering.

Recently, Lillard was asked directly about the prospect of joining the Golden State Warriors, a team that has achieved significant success over the past decade.

In response, Lillard was unequivocal. “As far as like Golden State, I respect what they’ve been doing over the last eight, nine years or whatever and I’m from there, obviously. That’s home,” he said on It Is What It Is podcast, per HoopsHype. “But I can’t be a part of that.

“They’ve won four championships… Like what I look like going to try to do that and say oh I’m joining my home team. Like no. It’s somebody that played my position that’s behind LeBron, the best player of this era. It don’t even make sense. I never do nothing like that. I lose every year before I go.”