$300 Million Superstar Claims LeBron James, Anthony Davis Tried To Recruit Him To Lakers

LeBron James made efforts to recruit many players to the Los Angeles Lakers and Damian Lillard is one of them. The six-time All-Star didn’t leave the Portland Trail Blazers for one special reason.

In his interview with Logan Murdock of The Ringer, Lillard said that he, LeBron, and Anthony Davis talked about teaming up in LA. They had this conversation over dinner at LeBron’s place. The outcome? Lillard is a loyal Trail Blazer.

“He (LeBron) was just like, ‘Pull up to the house,’” Lillard told Murdock. “And I’m like, sh*t, I’m out here. Tomorrow is the only day I ain’t got nothing planned out. I can pull up for a little bit. … We just chopped it up just about the possibilities.”

LeBron James’ recruit didn’t sign with the Lakers

Instead of Lillard or any other star, the Lakers traded a chunk of their roster to get Russell Westbrook. It was a bad move as Westbrook struggled with the team. Fans were frustrated and there was a visible tension between Russ and the media. He didn’t want to talk about his situation in LA and reporters kept asking questions.

Lillard is still playing with the Blazers. They offered him a two-year contract extension worth $121.8 million this summer.

“People make a joke out of it sometimes, like, ‘Man, he’s too loyal, he don’t want to win, he just want his money,’” Lillard told Murdock. “I don’t take nothing away from those guys. I think a lot of times because of my stance on it, people try to put my stance on it as if I’m belittling or I’m saying something bad about the guys that do move. And I’m not. I’m just standing on my square about what I believe. They can do whatever they want; if that’s what makes them happy, then do it.”

Why did Lillard stay with the Blazers?

Playing with LeBron and AD is a great scenario, but Lillard has his own reasons to stick with the Blazers. He wants to win games and titles as a Trail Blazer and also wants to retire as their player.

“I want to win as a Trail Blazer,” Lillard told Murdock. “Want to win a championship where I am. I don’t think I would feel the same joy and happiness if I did it elsewhere. I would be happy, no doubt. Like winning a chip, you get that experience. But I know how I want it.”