What’s next for Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers?
That is a question that many fans are asking now that the Blazers have ended yet another season in disappointment.
The idea of Lillard leaving Portland isn’t new, it’s been spoken about for years now, but it feels more likely than ever before.
Stephen A. Smith has an idea of which team should aim for Lillard if he cuts ties with Portland.
Smith believes that the Philadelphia 76ers should target Lillard if James Harden decides to leave.
“I would take Damian Lillard over James Harden in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t think twice if I was Philly and I can get my hands on Dame and I had to forfeit Harden,” Smith said on First Take, according to NBACentral.
Stephen A. Smith says Philly should target Damian Lillard if James Harden leaves
“I would take Damian Lillard over James Harden in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t think twice if I was Philly and I can get my hands on Dame and I had to forfeit Harden.”
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— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) April 13, 2023
Philly would just be one of the many teams trying to acquire Lillard since he’s one of the most celebrated, accomplished, and impressive guards in the NBA.
Would this plan really work for the Sixers?
Fans online questioned Smith’s idea but some thought it was smart.
it’s the first time this guy said something making sense…😄
— Wayne Lee (@WayneLee1078) April 13, 2023
Meanwhile, many others thought the concept of Philadelphia adding Lillard is far-fetched and nearly impossible.
“Philly has no trade pieces Portland wants for Dame!!” a fan said.
Stephen A just be running his mouth! Philly has no trade pieces Portland wants for Dame!! Stop it
— Van (@vanman_1000) April 13, 2023
There are many who feel Lillard for Harden isn’t the right move.
Dame is not half the playmaker harden is Philly would be cooked
— A.B🎸 (@FW_A_B) April 13, 2023
Then there were some who believe the 76ers should aim to get Lillard even if Harden is still on their roster.
“I seriously think it makes sense to go all in now if you’re Philly,” a user said.
They should target him anyways. I seriously think it makes sense to go all in now if you’re Philly. Offer Maxey, Harris, Reed and draft picks
— Christopher Skanes 🔰 (@CLFMUFTW) April 13, 2023
It remains to be seen if the 76ers get Lillard.
It also remains to be seen if he even decides to leave the Trail Blazers.
But if he does choose to leave Rip City, the 76ers will be just one of many teams jockeying to get a taste of Dame Time.
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