There is something new on the leaked Damian Lillard move to the Lakers. An insider has revealed new details on rumors of Damian Lillard, the Lakers, LeBron, and Blazers. The rumors intensify.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, Damian Lillard met with LeBron James and Anthony Davis in Los Angeles during the offseason.
The All-Stars discussed potentially creating new “big three” with the Lakers. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor noted that there is a growing belief around the NBA that it was Lillard along with the Blazers who strategically leaked the story about the meeting with the two Lakers stars.
According to O’Connor, on the November 5 episode of The Mismatch podcast, he’s talked to people around about the league about what’s really happening.
“He goes from making these vague comments about, ‘yeah, I don’t know how long I’ll be here’ weeks before the season to suddenly ‘I’m all in.’ And there are front office executives around the league who think this is a strategic choice by the Blazers, Dame’s group and all that in order to create leverage for the organization because right now around the league teams just want Dame.
“They don’t want C.J. McCollum. They don’t want Jusuf Nurkić. They’re like we’re going to wait for Dame to demand a trade, especially the Philadelphia 76ers. Like [Sixers general manager Daryl Morey] is still all about waiting for Dame. In the eyes of some executives around the league, this is about creating leverage for the Blazers in order to make a move that can help the team with Damian Lillard on it.
“By committing and showing that you’re all in, in every single facet over the course of time, that diminishes or could diminish they hope, the desire from other teams to go for Damian Lillard and instead say, ‘okay, we’ll take C.J. McCollum. Okay, we’ll take this guy or that guy.’
We will have to see if it works.
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