The relationship between Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers has never been more frayed than it is now.
Last weekend’s debacle, where Lillard sent out some controversial tweets, set off a chain reaction of events that may or may not ultimately culminate in a trade occurring.
Potential trade partners are already lining up out the door for the 30-year-old’s services.
One intriguing option that is quickly becoming a more and more serious possibility? The Golden State Warriors.
“The Warriors are the only team that can make a trade and still contend, although the fit is questionable,” an agent told Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.
“The Warriors would have to do that,” a former league executive added. “They’d be unstoppable”
Any deal involving Lillard heading to Golden State would obviously require the Warriors to part with James Wiseman and the No. 7 pick in this year’s draft.
Fortunately, it sounds like that’s a price the front office is willing to pay.
John Hollinger of the Athletic reported this past Monday that there is “widespread expectation that the Warriors will use No. 7 and Wiseman, in particular, to seek more immediate upgrades to the roster.”
Is that enough for a six-time All-Star like Lillard? That remains to be seen. Similarly, it’s unclear how precisely he’d fid into a scheme involving Stephen Curry.
That being said – clearly the Warriors need to do something to capitalize on Curry’s prime. And obviously any time you can obtain a player of Lillard’s magnitude, you do it and then figure out the specifics later.
If a deal with Golden State doesn’t come together, there are currently four other squads chomping at the bit for the opportunity to trade for Lillard.
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And Lillard himself has expressed an openness to joining two teams, should things in Portland not work out.
One way or another, this matter will get resolved sooner rather than later. And when it does – it wouldn’t be shocking to see Lillard in a new uniform come next season.