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Locked on Blazers podcast | Damian Lillard is getting surgery. The tank is on for the Trail Blazers

This is the best move for Lillard and the Trail Blazers while shifting the priority for the team for the remainder of the season.
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PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard is headed for abdominal surgery, will reportedly be out for six to eight weeks and is very likely done for the season. This is the best move for Lillard and the Trail Blazers while shifting the priority for the team for the remainder of the season.

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It's time to tank. Make that Tank, rather. So what does a Tank, capital T, look like for the Trail Blazers? How can they improve the roster at the trade deadline and still prioritize losing in the near term and winning immediately next season? Joe Cronin will make his first signature move as the leader of the franchise and the direction of the Blazers will get some clearer definition in the coming weeks.

For now, it's time to watch the semi-youth movement and whole bunch of Anfernee Simons.

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Mike Richman has covered the Portland Trail Blazers in various capacities since 2014 as a beat writer for The Oregonian, a reporter at NBC Sports Northwest and now in the form of the only daily Trail Blazers podcast, Locked On Blazers. The Pass First Point Guard will get you closer to the team with reports from inside the Moda Center and by unpacking the statistics to know and about your favorite team. You will also find regular guests and can get your questions answered with weekly mailbag shows.

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