Blazers’ Damian Lillard Posts Cryptic Message Regarding Future: Is a Move to Lakers on the Cards?

Published 06/04/2021, 3:54 AM EDT


Damian Lillard has arguably been one of the top guards in the league for a while now. He is a player who can shoot from anywhere and can carry his team on a regular basis and is must watch TV.

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Playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, Lillard has formed one of the deadliest back courts with CJ McCollum. Despite how impressive this duo has been, it has rarely translated to post-season success.

Prior to their playoff series against the Nuggets, the Blazers had only made it past the second round once in the last seven years. With the West wide open with teams like the Lakers and Clippers struggling, the Blazers had a real chance to make a deep playoff run this season.

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Jun 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots a three point basket over Denver Nuggets guard Austin Rivers (25) in the third quarter during game five in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard posts cryptic message after Blazers crash out of playoffs

This season’s post-season run also came to a screeching halt for the Blazers. With Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets defeating Portland 126-115, the Blazers crashed out in six games.

While players like Jusuf Nurkic and CJ McCollum underperformed, Damian Lillard certainly did it all for the team, averaging an insane 34.3 points, 10.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game in the playoffs.

After their latest post season disappointment, Lillard put up a rather cryptic post. Quoting Nipsey Hussle, Lillard wrote, “How long should I stay dedicated? How long til opportunity meet preparation”

The 30-year-old is certainly frustrated with the lack of post season success that the Blazers have had. With a rather stagnant roster, Portland have failed to take a leap and become a championship level team.

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Given that he is still at the peak of his powers, ‘Dame Dolla‘ might be looking towards new opportunities and might end up joining other teams. Joining a team like the Lakers might be a real possibility for the 6-time All-Star.

Mar 19, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots the ball during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Given that the champions recently crashed out in the first round, they might be looking for a new star to add to the roster. Pairing up with Anthony Davis and LeBron James, Lillard might be guaranteed at least a Finals appearance or even a championship.

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The Blazers certainly have their hands full this off season. They need to either trade some of their longtime players to add another superstar, or they might see their talismanic guard join some other contenders. Do you think Lillard will leave the Blazers next season?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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