Lakers explored trading for Damian Lillard

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?

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.…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

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
So far through four weeks, the three best teams in the country might be from the SEC…..depending on how you view Oregon, Ohio State and notre Dame – 9:58 PM

Matt Steinmetz @SteinmetzNBA
Doesn’t happen, I don’t think, with Curry-Thompson, Tatum-Brown, Jokic-Murray, James-Davis, Lillard-McCollum, Leonard-George, etc. Not if top 2 respect each other. – 9:09 PM

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard
Rematch gone be even tougher for AJ. Usyk gone get more comfortable at this weight and he gone know AJ better… lookin forward to it – 6:09 PM

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard
Usyk by unanimous decision man. Respect to AJ tho – 6:05 PM

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard
They stopped the fight with 8 seconds!!!! Boxing is fucked up man – 6:03 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Brian Kelly passing Knute Rockne at Notre Dame is like someone passing John Wooden at UCLA but without actually winning anything of significance. – 3:44 PM

Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Notes Dame has to figure out a way to trade Mike Tirico for Gus Johnson. Throw in a first-round pick, the right to swap picks, whatever. Do what you gotta do. – 3:18 PM

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard
Sending prayers for Lenin Castillo! Hopefully he will be okay… – 2:31 PM

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard
Can’t wait for usyk vs Joshua tomorrow … gone be a great one – 11:13 PM

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard
🎧🔊 🔁…5:42 PM

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard
Dame D.O.L.L.A. – Him Duncan (Official Video) via @YouTube2:08 PM

More on this storyline

The group focused first on Lillard and Beal, but with no viable path to trading for either of them, turned their attention to more realistic targets: Westbrook, DeRozan, Hield and Kyle Lowry, who would eventually pursue a deal with the Miami Heat instead. -via The Athletic / September 27, 2021

There are many who believed then and continue to insist now that Damian Lillard was about ready to ask out; a source with knowledge of the situation believes Lillard is held back by both his loyalty to Portland and an unwillingness to go back on things he’s already said about sticking things out. He ultimately decided to give this another go, and Lillard has been provided roster upgrades and had a big voice in the coaching search. He may still ask out down the road, but only time will tell how long this honeymoon lasts. -via Philly Voice / September 22, 2021

Damian Lillard: Back for more… #RipCity is my city -via Instagram / September 8, 2021