Bucks’ Damian Lillard sends cryptic message after playoff exit
Milwaukee Bucks guard Damian Lillard. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Following the Milwaukee Bucks’ disappointing NBA playoff exit, Damian Lillard sparked intrigue with a cryptic Instagram message, leaving fans wondering about his future with the team.

After the Bucks’ 120-98 loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of Round 1 on Friday, Lillard posted a series of photos with teammates and children, captioned: “The plot thickens every time I get adversity … I’m executing all the s--- my pops used to rehearse with me. Stay tuned."

The timing of Lillard’s enigmatic post has fueled speculation about his future with the Bucks, who struggled in the playoffs without Giannis Antetokounmpo. Despite contributing 28 points, two rebounds and four assists, Lillard’s performance was not enough to overcome the Pacers.

Lillard’s contract status and the team’s roster chemistry have raised questions about the Bucks’ offseason intentions. Signed through 2026-27 with a player option, Lillard will reportedly earn $48.8M next season.

However, Lillard appears optimistic about his future with the Bucks. After the Game 6 loss, he expressed excitement about playing with Giannis and veteran players, stating, “I’m extremely excited … It’s never been an issue with Milwaukee.” 

He also emphasized his focus on winning a title, saying, “And that’s why I made the decision to be a part of something like this.”

Despite concerns, Lillard’s post does not indicate an imminent departure. He has expressed enthusiasm for Year 2 with the Bucks, acknowledging improved clarity and a better understanding of his role, coach, and team.

As the Bucks reflect on their season and strategize for the future, fans eagerly await a comeback next season.

This article first appeared on NBA Analysis Network and was syndicated with permission.

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