New Details on the Leaked Damian Lillard to Lakers Rumors Revealed by an Insider
The rumors linking Damian Lillard to the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t going away, and the general consensus in the NBA is that the Portland Trail Blazers, as well as their star player, are to blame.
Lillard met with LeBron James and Anthony Davis in Los Angeles during the offseason, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, who caused quite a stir.
The All-Stars talked about forming a new “big three” with the Lakers.
According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, there is growing speculation in the NBA that Lillard and the Blazers were the ones who strategically leaked the story about the meeting with the two Lakers stars.
On the November 5 episode of The Mismatch podcast, O’Connor explained, “I’ve talked to people around the league about, from a strategic standpoint, what’s happening here.”
“He goes from making 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 believe this is a strategic decision by the Blazers, Dame’s group, and all that to create leverage for the organization because right now around the league teams just want Dame.”
“CJ McCollum isn’t wanted.”
Jusuf Nurki is not wanted.
They act as if they’ll wait for Dame to demand a trade, particularly the Philadelphia 76ers.
Like [Sixers general manager Daryl Morey], he’s still waiting for Dame to arrive.
According to some league executives, this is about the Blazers gaining leverage in order to make a move that will benefit the team with Damian Lillard on it.
“By committing and demonstrating that you’re all in, in every single facet, over time, that diminishes or could diminish the desire from other teams to go after Damian Lillard and instead say, ‘OK, we’ll take CJ McCollum.'”
‘All right, we’ll take either this guy or that guy.’
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‘It’s a Dame Leak,’ says O’Connor of Lakers rumors.
“This was a Dame leak,” Chris Vernon of The Ringer countered. O’Connor clarified that there is speculation that Lillard is leaking the rumors in order for the Blazers to find him more help.
Lillard has the potential to…
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