In the last couple of days, there has been some trade chatter around the Los Angeles Lakers concerning their possible pursuit of some established All-Stars around the league.
One name that has been tossed around is Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard being in a potential target for the Lakers. With that in mind, Lillard gave his take on the talk where he voiced that he is already happy with how things are situated in Portland.
I’m typically a happy camper https://t.co/LvFoTwlEFW
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) July 4, 2018
The 27-year-old has been quite vocal over the last few years that he would like to play out his entire career with the Trail Blazers as he has risen to stardom with the franchise while becoming one of the league’s top point guards. He has also helped the franchise reach the playoffs in each of the last five seasons in first six campaigns.
However, things look to have plateaued a bit after being swept in the first round of this year’s playoffs by the New Orleans Pelicans. It has possibly put on the table a potential chance that he could be moved in order to help shake things up for the organization and move them further in the right direction.
Lillard is currently in the third year of his five-year, $139.8 million deal that runs through the 2020-21 season that will pay him roughly $27.9 million next season. He is coming off yet another highly productive campaign where he averaged 26.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting from the field and 36.1 percent from beyond the arc along with 6.6 assists, and 4.5 rebounds that earned his third All-Star selection and first All-NBA First Team nod.
The Lakers have plenty of young talent with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart that they could present in a trade package that could help them facilitate a trade. Nonetheless, this is a possible avenue that Los Angeles could explore this summer.
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