The Damian Lillard saga: How things are shaping up and what factors are in play

The Damian Lillard saga: How things are shaping up and what factors are in play

This upcoming season.
do you want to stay in Portland?
In a perfect world.
I could spend my entire career in Portland.
All right.
In a perfect world.
I would spend my entire career in Portland.
Richard.
it seems to me like there’s sort of two different sides of Dame here.
One.
where it’s like.
yes.
I would like to stay in Portland.
Loyalty.
that’s what he’s built his
career on.
And then the other side is.
I want to win.
and I don’t see a way to do that in Portland.
What’s your reaction to these comments?
Well.
my thing is.
as a former player.
you have to ask yourself.
it’s like.
how long is a person supposed to be loyal?
So sometimes they’re like.
well.
Dame.
they gave you this large contract.
Dame was going to get that contract.
They didn’t.
they drafted Dame.
Dame wasn’t going to not be drafted if the Portland Trailblazers didn’t take
a risk.
He was going to get drafted.
Dame was going to work hours and hours and hours to become
a great player.
So that’s where.
I don’t view money as the loyalty that the Portland Trailblazers
are showing Dame.
He earned it.
He earned everything.
And so now when a team has an
opportunity to show loyalty.
it’s like.
hey.
we’re in a rebuilding phase.
We have.
you know.
a different direction that we might want to go.
Then Dame is like.
hey.
we are no longer loyal to
each other.
That is gone.
Because at one point in time.
we had the same vision we no longer do.
This is not Dame not being loyal to the Portland Trailblazers.
This is the Portland Trailblazers
just heading in a different direction.
And Dame sees it and doesn’t want to be a part of that.
That’s not a lack of loyalty.
in my opinion.
Right.
So right now.
it just looks like right now he doesn’t fit the timeline or the expectations
that the Portland Trailblazers have.
which begs the question.
then where do we stand now?
Because
when you’re talking about a player like Damian Lillard.
an all NBA type of player that averaged
just over 32 points last season.
the most he’s averaged in his career.
you would think all the
assets.
all the chips are going to be pushed in.
But that’s not what we’ve seen so far.
Why is that?
I think there’s a few reasons.
Number one.
contract and age.
When he is 35 and 36 years
old.
he’s going to average $60 million a season.
And under this new collective bargaining agreement.
that is a far different impact on a team’s payroll and their ability to put other pieces together to
win.
That’s one.
And what the trade.
we call it the trade market.
the NBA portal.
is going to look
like next summer.
There could be some massive talents available for trades next season.
maybe
at the trade deadline.
maybe next year.
So you have teams weighing the assets they might use to
trade for Damian Lillard versus who could be available to them that we don’t want to be out
of the game for some players younger.
first team.
all NBA type players who may be in that marketplace.
And then also the factor of he doesn’t want to play for us.
whoever you are.
Now he’s under
contract for four years.
I think there are teams who will still trade for him.
but it’s a little
bit of a negotiating crutch where you tell Portland.
hey.
I’m not offering you everything we might
because we’re taking risk here.
He has said he doesn’t want to play for my team.
He only wants
to play in Miami.
And that kind of dulls the offers a little bit.
That’s why we are where we are now.
which is two weeks from training camp.
Portland is trying to put together a number of multi-team
scenarios to see if they can get the assets.
assets back that they want in a trade for Damian
Lillard.
Listen.
they have been more aggressive here in the last few weeks.
only because the
started up again.
Labor Day comes.
teams are engaging again.
And I do think they’re engaging.
The question is.
do they find a deal here in the next couple of weeks or do they have to bring
Lillard back to camp?
He wants to go to Miami heat.
We all know that.
I don’t even think the
Miami heat have put out their best offer yet because I don’t think they think they have to.
because the rest of the league is like.
well.
he wants to go there.
If we trade for him.
is he going to be unhappy here?
We just started going to turn into a way station is one GM put
it to me for Damian Lillard until he gets to where he wants to go.
And look.
this is a 33 year
old small ish guard.
It’s not a wing.
It’s not a six.
10 players.
It’s not a guy who fits on every
team.
If you already have a good smallish guard that complicates your thinking.
It takes a lot of
teams out of the bidding because you can’t pair the two of them and have a defense that will
really withstand playoff pressure.
And to Wojcic’s point.
look.
not to put it too baldly.
but Janice’s
recent comments have changed the landscape of the league at least a little bit and have had teams
and have had teams at least have the meeting of.
wait a second.
Do we need to keep our powder?
Yes.
you do.
We have a 1%.
2%.
5% and by the way.
the bucks may not have to trade you on this at
all.
They may win the title this year.
Everything’s fine.
He signs an extension.
you know.
but that.
those comments along with everything going on in Philly.
at least force you to have the meeting of.
do we need to keep our powder dry?
I don’t know that Miami is having that meeting because they
know Dame wants them and they want them.
It’s a timeline of when now too.
And Miami certainly
has that time and let’s timeline.
Let’s bring in our resident big man.
Kendrick Perkins into the
conversation.
Richard is so happy to see you.
Park.
your thoughts on Damian Lillard as it stands here
on September 19th.
Well.
Richard.
I’m glad you finally decided to come to work.
That’s one thing.
You finally earning your money.
Here’s the thing.
right?
Here’s the question that.
here’s the
question that I have.
How badly.
how bad do the Miami heat actually want Damian Lillard?
Like
we’re talking about a guy that averaged 32 last season.
One of the best PG’s one may argue the
best PG in the game.
I believe that Steph Curry.
but Dame is right there with him.
And I think
about situations that guys like Kevin Durant.
Kevin Durant said.
I want out and I want to go
to Phoenix.
to Brooklyn Knicks.
And I mean.
the Phoenix suns made that happen.
Giving them
McKell Bridges.
Cam Johnson.
a whole lot of pigs.
They gave up the world.
So I know Jimmy Butler
wants Damian Lillard.
I know Bam out of the Bayou wants Damian Lillard.
but how bad do Pat Riley and
their front office want Damian Lillard?
Because if they wanted him and they feel like he’s the
missing piece to the puzzle of them actually completing the mission.
why haven’t they pulled
up the trigger?
We know that his cost is not going to be low.
They’re going to have to pull.
pull something out.
Richard.
who is it that you have the most questions about heading into the
season?
Any of the.
apparently the producer in my ear is telling me that I have the most questions
about the warrior.
So let’s roll that.
Let’s bring them up.
Look.
we understand that the addition of
Chris Paul is a unique one.
I’m not worried about his fit.
but the question is who starts obviously
loony.
And you know.
Steve Kerr over many iterations of the golden state Warriors has
had a depth lineup.
I’ve had a Hampton five.
He’s had a lot of different lineups.
Does he stay with.
I know.
does he stay with loony or does he go with Chris Paul?
So if Chris Paul is going to be a
starter now.
they’re ultra small.
Now you’re talking about Draymond having to go against a lot
of centers.
a lot of centers.
And when you’re talking about the best players in the league
right now are big men.
So that can complicate things.
but we know that this is the lineup
that the Warriors would go with.
Why do I know this?
It’s mainly because Jarrett Jack.
I was on
that Warriors team the first year that Steph set the three point record.
And what did they have?
They had Jarrett Jack at the point and they had Steph and clay running.
Now with all due respect
to my guy.
my bald man.
Jay Jack.
Chris Paul is a better game manager.
So the open shots of Steph
and clay are going to get are going to be tremendous.
but on the defensive end.
especially
because we know that Chris Paul can break down that that’s kind of going to be the issue.
Will
size be a problem?
That’s why I’m concerned about the golden state.
Whereas I have my biggest
questions and curious to watch them work.
right?
Particularly Zach.
because we have talked about
Chris Paul coming into shore up the second unit for golden state and whether or not that’s actually
going to be how he used remains a question.
but that wasn’t the starting lineup that you had the
most questions about.
I don’t necessarily have the most questions.
but when I look at the Eastern
conference.
I see a little instability at the top.
Giannis said what he said.
Boston has a new
identity.
Philadelphia is a mess.
This team right here.
the Cleveland Cavaliers.
they’re all in
Donovan Mitchell is all in.
They traded everything for him.
He’s extension eligible
and they were awful in the playoffs last year.
Awful.
And one of the reasons they were awful was
the spacing with their two big guys.
Mobley and Allen wasn’t good enough.
And it wasn’t good
enough because this guy right here wasn’t on the team yet.
That was the fifth starting spot that
they sought to address.
Karis reverts better off the bench.
Isaac and Coro he’s extension eligible.
He hasn’t shot it well enough from even on corner threes.
Can Max Struess fill the void?
Because
Cleveland they’re.
yeah.
they’re young and up and coming.
And that.
that four man court they have
is young.
They’re under pressure to do something this year because that first round loss to the
Knicks where they just got bullied and they couldn’t figure out their offense was a massive.
massive disappointment.
And so I’m looking at their starting five.
Is that the answer?
And if
it’s not the answer.
what’s the backup answer?
Well.
it’s not.
it is not just truth.
I’d love
that because that’s what they were missing.
They were missing for spacing.
allow those guys work.
but I also like the rookie Amani Bates.
So you got a young guy.
he’s six foot nine.
have him stay in the corner.
Those are the guys that can create spacing for you in random moments.
When someone’s in foul trouble.
they won the summer league.
So they’ve got.
they’ve got some
guys that are going to be bad when they won the same because Amani played well.
there’s ring
Amani played well as well.
The young guy that they’ve gotten the second round pick that a lot
of people thought had a top five talent.
All right.
you want to see summer league
and now the expectations of the conference.
This is where he’s going to be disrespectful.
We won the summer league my first year and we went to the NBA finals.
That’s all I’m just going
off experience.
So that was something like 40 years.
All right.
So we’ve talked about the golden
state warriors.
We’ve talked about the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Let’s bring in our resident big man.
Once again.
Kendrick Perkins.
because there was something else that he spies that he is looking
at in terms of these starting fives.
Malika and I’m actually looking at the Phoenix suns.
right?
I want to look.
we know that they’ll start DeAndre eight.
We know that Kevin Durant.
Bradley.
Bill.
Devin Booker are going to be getting buckets.
but who’s going to be that guy that’s going to bring
that toughness.
do all the little things.
be able to hold his spot from the corner three.
I’m going with Joshua Colgan.
I think he’s the perfect fit for this starting five.
They need a
guy that’s going to get down and dirty and know his role.
He brings a certain type of tenacity.
I’m looking forward to see how you flourish alongside Kevin Durant.
Bradley.
Bill.
and
deep book.
And also he could put the key in DeAndre Aiden back.
He’s going to be vital
to this.
to this starting five and to this team on his approach this season.

 

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