The Portland Trail Blazers were expected to make some changes this offseason, as their roster needed a shake-up. One of the most popular names on the NBA rumor mill this offseason has been their superstar point guard, Damian Lillard.
Lillard has continually said that he won’t be requesting a trade from the Trail Blazers, but rumors continued to persist that he would eventually be on the move. The team has made the postseason in eight straight years but has been eliminated from the playoffs in the first round in four out of the last five years.
That led to head coach Terry Stotts being relieved of his duties as head coach, being replaced with Chauncey Billups. It was one thing that caused friction with Lillard and many used it as the reason he could ask to be traded.
Finding a better offense/defense balance is a must as well for the Trail Blazers to make some noise in the postseason. They had the second-best offensive rating in the NBA last season, but also had the second-worst defense. That won’t be enough to get the job done.
The Trail Blazers want to remain competitive and not trade Lillard, but they still have some work to be legitimate contenders in the Western Conference. The backcourt of Lillard and CJ McCollum likely needs to be broken up if they are to take that next step.
If the Trail Blazers do put Damian Lillard on the trade block, they would receive plenty of interest in him. Who could look to trade for him? Let’s take a look at some of the destinations he could land.