The Los Angeles Lakers are already one of the favorites to win the NBA Finals this season when the league resumes play in Orlando. Led by a dynamic duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, they are surrounded by excellent depth. Now, it appears that they may have a chance to add Damian Lillard to the equation.
According to a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Lakers and New York Knicks would be the preferred landing spots for Lillard should the star point guard request a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers.
Rumors swirled around last offseason that the Lakers could be trying to trade for Lillard. When everything was said and done, however, Lillard remained steadfast in his desire to remain with the Blazers. That could change this offseason.
Prior to the suspension of play, Lillard had put together another big season in 58 games. He averaged 28.9 points per game to go along with 7.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds. In addition to those numbers, Lillard shot 45.7 percent from the floor and knocked down 39.4 percent of his three-point attempts.
At 29 years old, Lillard still has one more season on his contract after this year. The Lakers might be taking a risk by acquiring Lillard, but it would be worth it.
Davis will have the ability to test the free agency market this offseason. He is expected to re-sign with the Lakers, but it isn’t a guarantee. L.A. would go through that again next offseason with Lillard.
While there are some uncertainties surrounding the Lakers potentially acquiring Lillard, none of them should hold the team back. A big three of James, Lillard, and Davis would be nearly impossible to stop. It would be strange to see one of those players walk away from a situation like that.
It will be interesting to see what the offseason holds for the Lakers and Blazers. Portland will hope to retain Lillard, but only time will tell.
Expect to hear the Lillard to the Lakers rumors come up often this offseason. It may not end up happening, but it is certainly intriguing to think about.