Blazers’ Damian Lillard Responds to a Fan Who Still Believes He Can Join Los Angeles Lakers

Published 08/12/2021, 10:38 PM EDT
Dec 28, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) in the fourth quarter at Staples Center. The Trail Blazers defeated the Lakers 115-107. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


It has been three decades since the Blazers last reached the NBA finals in 1992 where Michael Jordan’s Bulls ousted them 4-2. That was the same year when they had gone past the mighty Lakers in Round 1. Fast forward to the present day, they’ve been playing under the inspiring leadership of Damian Lillard, but nothing is helping their cause. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Turns out, Dame has done everything in his potential, but he is yet to find his Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter. As a result, the Blazers have now faltered in the first round on five occasions in the last seven seasons. So naturally, his die-hard fans want him to switch boats and join a team that can do justice with his talents. But is the man himself ready for a change?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Damian Lillard with yet another cryptic message

The Big Game Dame recently came across a fan tweet that invited people to speculate how much can one bid for a Lillard-to-Lakers potential trade. The 6x All-Star had a befitting response to that, as he suggested a million dollars in bet. Take a look – 

Now, the most sensible assessment of this tweet suggests that a person betting a million on one such trade would lose every dime. But Dame’s response also explains how the league veteran is paying attention to the market talks involving his trade rumors. 

In the recent past, there have been enough narratives that Dame might join the Knicks, but nothing has come to fruition. Apart from the Oakland native’s cryptic posts, nothing plausible is available in terms of his potential trade. 

DIVE DEEPER

Damian Lillard Explains Why NBA Is Easier Than Olympics Basketball

about 2 months ago

Why does a Dame to Lakers make no sense now?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Mar 7, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Team Lebron guard Damian Lillard of the Trailblazers celebrates making the game-winning basket during the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

In the league, the legendary players who remained loyal to one franchise hold a special place. Be it Kobe Bryant, John Stockton, Dirk Nowitzki, or any other such name, there’s respect involved in having one such career.

Now, the Lakers already have LeBron James as their leader and the likes of Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, and Carmelo Anthony as his top guns. Even if the Lakers decide to trade a huge package to house Lillard, this would force the star’s legacy to take a massive hit. Arguably, winning just one title with the Blazers will always hold a bigger place than completing a three-peat with the Lake Show.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Also, Giannis Antetokounmpo has recently proved how sticking to one franchise and investing in its built can reap benefits. So the duo of Damian Lillard and Chauncey Billups can still build something that they can call their own. Do you also think that Dame should stay in Portland no matter what? Help us know in the comments below.

Watch this story – Team USA’s Damian Lillard Raining Threes in Game Against Iran at Tokyo Olympics 2020

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Sourabh Singh

1626 articles

Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT