Damian Lillard and his agent met with Trail Blazers management to talk about the future of the franchise with the team still committed to their star.
According to Chris Haynes, Damian Lillard and his agent met with the Trail Blazers to discuss their future plans on Monday.
This is the latest development in a story that has lasted a long time. It seemed like the Blazers would trade the third overall pick for win-now talent, but they didn’t which has led to this.
I still hold by my thought that Lillard would not force his way out of Portland like James Harden or Jimmy Butler forced their way out of Houston or Minnesota.
Still, the recent news seems to be signaling that Lillard’s camp is looking to put pressure on the Blazers.
According to Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian, Blazers GM Joe Cronin commented on the meeting saying, “I met with Dame and Aaron Goodwin this afternoon. We had a great dialogue. We remain committed to building a winner around Dame.”
What does Trail Blazers meeting mean for the Damian Lillard trade saga?
Honestly at this point after everything that has happened, it would be very hard to imagine a world where Damian Lillard ends up being traded by the Trail Blazers. This is a dance that has been played many times in the last couple of seasons.
Yes, extra pressure from Lillard has happened in recent weeks but still, the All-NBA player has never publicly given an ultimatum to Portland. With that in mind, it is best to accept that Lillard will only end up getting traded once it actually happens.
Honestly, the Blazers would most likely benefit from a trade. The team could get a bounty full of draft picks from the Heat or Nets. This could help them build around Scoot Henderson.
Yes, Henderson has not played a single game in his career yet but the player has All-Star potential at the very least. Out of the reasonable scenarios, this would be the best option for the team.
The Trail Blazers aren’t going to win a title anytime soon. Even with a upgrade in veteran talent, Portland is still not a favorite to win the title next season.