Lakers Pushed to Make Blockbuster Star for Star Trade
July 22, 2021
The Los Angeles Lakers should consider pulling a trade deal for a star and experts have a few ideas. Damian Lillard is definitely an option and the same goes for Chris Paul.
The Trail Blazers will have to find the best way to keep Dame on the roster. He will sure think of the best options for his future.
ESPN analysts Stephen A. Smith has a nice idea for both teams.
“I would even consider trading Anthony Davis from the Los Angeles Lakers to get Damian Lillard with LeBron James. Because this season, Anthony Davis missed more games, or just as many games, as Damian Lillard missed his entire career,” Smith said. “I would actually consider that if I were Portland, and if I were the Los Angeles Lakers.”
Davis missed a lot of time due to his injuries but he is one of the best players in the league. He averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 rebounds in 2020 and was also named an All-Star.
The Lakers to trade for the right star
TrueHoop reported that Dame would ask for a trade, but the star guard disputed this.
“Right now I’m not sure what I’m going to do. What I can say is my intentions and my heart has always been set on being in a Trail Blazers uniform for my entire career,” Lillard said per Brian Windhorst of ESPN. “But I think over time, you want to win it all. And I want to win it all in a Trail Blazers uniform. But we all have to be making strides toward that.”
Lillard knows what he wants to see from his team.
“The best way to put it is to be more urgent about what our next step is and how we move forward,” Lillard said. “We’re not a bad team; we’re a winning team. We’ve got a great environment, we’ve got a great city, we’ve got great fans, there’s a lot of positives.
Lillard may be the best player to join the Lakers at this point. But, the front office will have to make a few moves to bring him in.
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.