‘Needs the Ball to Be Successful’: Reggie Miller Feels LeBron James Would Fit Better With CJ McCollum Instead of Damian Lillard

Published 07/13/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Jun 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns fans sitting courtside wear face masks due to COVID-19 restrictions as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball during game five in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Dream trade scenarios are a must before the offseason graces us with its presence. And right now, the biggest one is between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers, where the latter gets Damian Lillard but the Lakers will have to give the best offer they have for Dame and Anthony Davis springs to mind. However, unlike most, Reggie Miller seems to think Lillard is not a good fit next to LeBron James.

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LeBron James and Damian Lillard, not a perfect fit?

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Ever since Damian Lillard dropped a cryptic message on Instagram that had everyone question his future with the Blazers, rumors have started to make rounds about possible destinations for the superstar. Although many teams would be interested to bring him in, the Lakers have become the top candidates.

However, the problem lies with who will they offer in exchange for one of the best point guards in the league? Anyone other than Anthony Davis might not even be considered. So, when Reggie Miller was asked if he would give this trade a green light, he blatantly refused.

“Absolutely not,” said Miller. “As much as I love Damian Lillard, Lillard has to have the balls in his hands to be successful. That’s what made him great. Isolation one-on-one, high pick-and-roll player. For Lebron, what he’s done throughout his career, needs the ball to be successful. I don’t think they would play well off one another.”

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Reggie Miller suggests another option: CJ McCollum

There are many other reasons to keep Anthony Davis over Lillard. AD is a much better defender and because he has already won a championship with the franchise, his chemistry with Bron is off the charts. This is something that is vital for any player they add to their roster. Also, AD’s size and skill help him dominate on another level, trading a big man for a 6’2″ PG is risky business.

PORTLAND, OR – MAY 9: CJ McCollum (3) of the Portland Trail Blazers licks his chops during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The Denver Nuggets versus the Portland Trail Blazers in game six of the teams’ second round NBA playoff series at the Moda Center in Portland. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

So, if not Dame, who should the Lakers shift their focus to? Reggie Miller stated, “CJ McCollum would be great on the Lakers with LeBron.” He even said that Dennis Schroder and Kyle Kuzma would be the perfect trade for McCollum.

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Do you think the purple and gold will consider this? Or will they continue to bring in the best player, and focus on making the puzzle fit later?

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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