NBA All-Star Damian Lillard’s allegiance to the Portland Trail Blazers is inspiring. It’s noble and commendable. At this point, it may be ill-advised.
These Blazers do not look poised for a deep playoff run in 2022-23. Granted, they’re probably an unfinished product. Most observers expect them to ship off the young players and draft picks they acquired last summer for an impact veteran or two.
It’s a nice idea in theory. In practice, it may be difficult to execute successfully. Are these Blazers really a mere Jerami Grant away from contention? Wouldn’t it make more sense to start over?
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans are on the upswing. They’ve got a promising young core that made a surprise trip to the playoffs this season.
LATEST NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: 3 Bold Trade Ideas Involving Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard
They may be a Damian Lillard away from being in the running for the NBA title.
If the front office thinks so, here are two trades that send Dame to the Big Easy.