NBA Rumors: According to a recent report, there are three players that Damian Lillard would like to play with.
Heading into the offseason, I’m not sure if there’s a team that has more pressure on their shoulders to land a second star than the Portland Trail Blazers. Even more so considering they just traded C.J. McCollum at the NBA Trade Deadline.
The good news is that the Blazers will have cap space to maneuver during the offseason. If Portland wants to surround Damian Lillard with the necessary pieces to rebuild a contender, they’ll need, at the very least, that.
And according to a recent, there are three players that Lillard “wants to play with.” They are also players that the Blazers could – or will likely – target this offseason.
"[via NBC Sports]On the Dunc’d on Podcast with Nate Duncan, Bleacher Reports’ Jake Fischer threw out three players that Lillard wants to play with and the Trail Blazers are looking at: Deandre Ayton, OG Anunoby, and John Collins."
None of these names are particularly shocking. Who wouldn’t want to play with Ayton, Anunoby, or Collins? They are all rising players in the league and have a very bright future. It’s no surprise that Lillard would want to attach himself to their bright futures.
The big question, of course, is whether or not the Blazers actually go in an all-in pursuit of any of these players and whether they actually have the means to land one of them during the offseason.
This is a big offseason for the Blazers, especially when it comes to Lillard’s future with the team. Portland must hit an absolute home run this summer. It remains to be seen whether they’ll be able to in a meaningful way.