Damian Lillard needs a superstar partner.
Things aren’t going so well in Brooklyn. So Lillard makes a bet.
The Trail Blazers’ sharpshooter pitched a not-so-subtle pitch Saturday on Instagram to get Kevin Durant to Portland. If he doesn’t have Photoshop skills in addition to his basketball and hip-hop talents, it looks like he’s been helped.
Lillard posted this image of him standing next to Durant in his Trail Blazers uniform sometime Saturday afternoon. By Saturday evening, he was gone. But he left it on long enough for social media users to snap a few screenshots, among which was his teammate Jusuf Nurkić.
Because, of course. Why wouldn’t Nurkich and everyone else associated with the Trail Blazers want to join their franchise player in his serve to Durant. Any chance Durant is interested? Who knows?
A Brooklyn Nets season that began with championship expectations ended in a blaze of Boston Celtics victory in the first round, fueled by Kyrie Irving’s sabotage and refusal to play most of the regular season. The Nets seem to be fed up with Irving’s insecurities to the point where Irving’s future with the team is not guaranteed. This is a situation that could eventually lead to a rift between Irving and Durant.
In that case, would Durant be interested in moving to Portland? On a purely basketball front, this is more than an intriguing prospect. Durant would be a superstar that Lillard never had the opportunity to play alongside. The proposed pairing would immediately lift the Blazers into the ranks of title contenders.
Reality sees this move as unlikely, even if the necessary dominoes fall in Brooklyn, and Durant was indeed interested in Lillard’s offer. Durant is approaching the first year $194 million four-year extension that keeps him under Brooklyn’s control for the 2025-26 season – unless they trade him first.
All this adds up to a ridiculous range. But if you’re a Lillard or Portland fan, dreaming is fun. This is the heartbeat of the NBA offseason.