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Lillard, McCollum making push to woo Carmelo Anthony to Rip City

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Two of the biggest names from the Portland Trail Blazers are doing what they can to lure a former and 10-time All Star to Rip City.

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum shared their thoughts on bringing Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks to the Blazers during Lillard’s summer basketball camp Wednesday.

In order for the swap to take form, Anthony would have to make a number of concessions, including waiving his no-trade clause.

Anthony’s name has been mentioned in trade rumors linked to Houston and Cleveland as well, prompting Lillard to reach out directly to the New York forward.

“With that being out there and that being a real possibility, I don't see why I wouldn't reach out to him and let him know that the interest is mutual if he is interested in us,” Lillard said. “We had a conversation about it because it was something that we needed to talk about so he knew it wasn't just the team, it was myself and C.J. who would love to have him here.”

McCollum said he also had been campaigning to “Free Melo” from the Big Apple while also recognizing the competition the team faces in grabbing Anthony’s interest.

“I think he's interested,” McCollum said. “I know he wants to play with CP (Chris Paul) and Lebron, so those are very good teams, very good options, but I feel like we are also a very good option."

The Blazer guard is headed to New York on Thursday, and though he would not say if he was meeting with Anthony the two do have the same trainer.

While a deal bringing Anthony to Rip City may still just be a pipe dream for Blazer fans, kids at the Beaverton Hoop YMCA got to live their basketball dreams at Lillard’s camp.

Even with all the young players at the YMCA, Lillard seemed to be the biggest kid among the more than 250 campers.

“A lot of these kids, they come year after year, so now when they see me at the game they are like, 'Dame, let's take a picture,’ ‘Can you sign this?' They are like, 'What's up Dame?’” he said. “I'm not doing it to make camp money or anything like that. I am doing it to have a relationship with the kids and influence them and have an impact on them and I want to teach them the game.”

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