Lakers explored trading for Damian Lillard

Lakers explored trading for Damian Lillard

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Lakers explored trading for Damian Lillard

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In the two months that followed their first-round playoff flop against Phoenix, when Davis’ groin injury left them pulling up lame, the Lakers explored the prospect of trading for such stars as Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, DeMar DeRozan and Russell Westbrook. The process unfolded well beyond the team’s front office’s search, with James setting up a war room of his own at his Brentwood estate for some in-person player meetings while leading remote communications in other conversations.
Source: Bill Oram, Shams Charania, Sam Amick @ The Athletic

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Damian Lillard and his Olympic Gold medal have appeared at Trail Blazers media day. #ripcity pic.twitter.com/lBGNFVKj2l4:18 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Norm Powell on re-signing with the Blazers: “Neil and Chauncey were very forward with how they felt about me. Dame and CJ both reached out to me before free agency started. Dame texted me and told me he wanted me back.” – 3:59 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Lillard says he welcomes accountability…”I always have.” – 3:58 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Lillard says he expects Chauncey Billups to hold him accountable. Says he’s never had an issue with being held accountable. – 3:57 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Damian Lillard: “When I was first coming into the league, Neil would always tell me I reminded him of Chauncey. It’s definitely a fit. I can see where his experience as a player at a championship level can really help our team.” – 3:54 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Damian Lillard on getting vaccinated: “I’m not mad at people who say they need to do their research. But I have a lot of people in my family that I spend time around. I’m just not going to put their lives in danger. As a kid, I had to get shots my whole life.” – 3:52 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Dame equating getting married, winning an Olympic medal and putting out another album to re-committing to the team, as in, seeing something through despite hard times. – 3:50 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Damian Lillard mentions being around the women’s national team as well as his own teammates as a positive experience for him playing in the Olympics. – 3:50 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Damian Lillard: “What keeps me so invested here is I want to see it through. I mean what I say. It gets rocky, things come with it. … I’m willing to go out on my shield and not do something that wouldn’t be me.” – 3:48 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Damian Lillard on getting married: “The woman I married is the woman I met in college. I stuck with it through ups and downs. … I’ve always seen everything through, whether it was a relationships, people telling me I shouldn’t be doing music. The Olympics.” – 3:47 PM
Jamie Hudson @JamieHudsonNBCS
“I have a lot to faith that we can be a better team defensively… having a fresh start… new staff… that’s probably going to give us a step in the right direction… Once again we can say it and very soon we’ll actually see it.”
^^^ Damian Lillard – 3:47 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Damian Lillard: “From being around in the last month or so, even though our roster is very similar I have a lot of faith that we can be better defensively. … Just having a new staff, they bring something different. New faces, new voices.” – 3:45 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Damian Lillard: “At the end of last season, I wanted to see our roster improve. We had our conversations about what that might look like. I come into this season with faith that that will happen.” – 3:41 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Dame brought his gold medal with him to media day. pic.twitter.com/Wd6fz8kGtt3:41 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Dame up next … – 3:40 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Billups says Lillard is “two feet in” with the Blazers. “Dame wants exactly what we all want…to be successful and have a chance to win.” – 2:37 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Chauncey Billups: “Dame and I, our relationship started far before I became a head coach. I will never share anything I talked about with a player, but I will say this: Dame is either two feet in or two feet out. And he’s two feet in.” – 2:37 PM
Jason Quick @jwquick
Neil Olshey says Damian Lillard “is fired up to be here” and that the Blazers “will never be receptive of moving Dame.” – 2:35 PM
Jason Quick @jwquick
Neil Olshey says this is the deepest Trail Blazers roster since he began building around Damian Lillard in 2015. – 2:34 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Chauncey Billups calls Damian Lillard “the best point guard in the league.” – 2:30 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Olshey on fielding calls from teams about Lillard: “We’re never going to be receptive to moving Dame.” – 2:10 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Neil Olshey: “Clearly, we were never going to be receptive to moving Dame. We’re never going to be receptive to moving Dame. He’s the bedrock of this organization and he’s going to be here as long as he’s happy.” – 2:10 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
Olshey says he and Lillard communicate all the time: “Dame and I get along great.” #Blazers2:05 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Neil Olshey on Damian Lillard’s offseason: “Not to be a little glib, but he got married and won a gold medal. … Dame and I get along great.” – 2:05 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Neil Olshey: “This is probably the best depth we’ve had since we’ve built around Dame, in terms of guys you know.” – 2:02 PM
The Jump @_Talkin_NBA
Damian Lillard on what it will take for the Trail Blazers to have a successful season
(via @Dennis Scott of NBA TV)
#NBATwitter #NBAMediaDay pic.twitter.com/qppMwYzs1D1:09 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Ja Morant told me he’s a top 5 NBA point guard with Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook.
“The point guard position is so loaded. Some guys have to get left out,” @Ja Morant said.
More from our @Jorge Sierra chat. hoopshype.com/lists/ja-moran…9:07 AM
Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard
S/o @aespinal21 for letting me use his NFL Sunday ticket log in to watch my @raiders !! 3-0 #justwinbaby8:02 PM
Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard
Who got Sunday ticket log in I can use ? Lol – 4:11 PM

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