Damian Lillard to the Lakers? It seems unlikely, but given LeBron James’ history recruiting star players, it might not be impossible. After all, James did the “impossible” and helped convince Anthony Davis to join the Lakers back in 2018.
Now, after being spotted greeting each other at the LA Sparks versus Las Vegas Aces game on June 30th, the pair seem to be at least on good terms. Lillard saw the Lakers’ superstar as both had big smiles on their faces.
While it may just be 2 friends saying ‘hi’ at a public event, it also has the chance to have bigger implications. Especially regarding Lillard’s future within the league. Following the conclusion of the regular season, Lillard reportedly had tension with the Blazers.
This came after Lillard’s concern regarding the team’s ability to compete for a title. After all, the team exited in the first round after losing to the Denver Nuggets in 6 games.
With Lillard still contracted to Portland, a departure calls for a potential trade. Los Angeles’ limited trade assets make this very unlikely. However, fans still hope that “Dame Time” comes to the Staples Center.
Fans even went to the lengths of unearthing old tweets from Lillard proclaiming his dream destination outside of Portland. In one, he lists the Utah Jazz and the Lakers on his wish list.
As of now, the Lakers seem more like an idyllic destination in the eyes of fans. In reality, Lillard to LA is a long shot. A more realistic destination for the Blazers’ guard is Philadelphia. With the Sixers on the cusp of competing for a title, Lillard would be happy to go. Paired with a variety of trade options that includes Ben Simmons. In Philadelphia, Lillard would also have a fellow superstar alongside him in Joel Embiid.
Other rumored destinations are Miami and New Orleans, both of which have an ability to make trades, something that, at the moment, the Lakers are incapable of.