After Russell Westbrook was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers fans began speculating that Damian Lillard would not be playing with LeBron James and Anthony Davis anytime soon. The salary cap complicates a scenario like this. Los Angeles also signed Carmelo Anthony and are frontrunners to sign Rajon Rondo. However, there was a time when Lillard did want to play on the Lakers.
On June 14, 2017, the six-time All-Star tweeted: “If blazers said they didn’t want me… Utah Jazz or Lakers.” This tweet was four years ago, but the fans never forget about these posts on the Internet. If he is not traded in the offseason, could Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey pursue an in-season trade during the 2021-22 regular season?
If blazers said they didn’t want me… Utah Jazz or Lakers https://t.co/jep3V9qRsS
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) June 14, 2017
During a recent one-on-one interview with Complex News’ Pierce Simpson, the point guard was asked an important question, regarding an August 12, 2021 tweet he sent to one of his fans. The 31-year-old was asked, “How much y’all wanna bet that before the NBA season starts the Lakers will still get Damian Lillard?”
On Twitter, Lillard responded with “Bet a Million.” When asked about his response to his fan from Simpson, the guard replied, “He said, ‘I would bet anybody that when the season starts, Dame’s going to be playing for the Lakers.’ And the Lakers just traded for Russell Westbrook, so I’m not going to play for the Lakers. We play the same position, so [I was] like bet a million.”
Bet a Million. https://t.co/CloZY3Iq4c
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) August 12, 2021