The Portland Trail Blazers have a huge decision to make on Damian Lillard this offseason. If the All-Star point guard does not request a trade, could the Blazers decide to move him on their own? Could an NBA offseason trade to the Denver Nuggets actually be a possibility?
Lillard built a legendary legacy in Portland over the years. He kept the Blazers in contention in the Western Conference but was unable to take them to the next level, along with CJ McCollum. At the trade deadline, McCollum was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, but the Blazers held onto Lillard.
Portland played just 29 games with Lillard this season, which is why it was no surprise that the team fell to the bottom of the standings. They are going to get one of the top picks in the draft this summer and that could jump-start a rebuild for Portland.
If Lillard is on the market, it is clear that many teams will want an elite-level point guard. The landing spot list could include the Nuggets, who saw how important the position was during the season.
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Jamal Murray missed the duration of the season with a knee injury that was suffered in the playoffs last year. Despite Nikola Jokic being named MVP for the second consecutive season, Denver was unable to make anything out of its campaign. With Murray coming back, the Nuggets could look for another guard to build an elite backcourt.
This would certainly be a blockbuster deal that would shake up the Western Conference and NBA Rumors mill right away. Let’s take a closer look at the details they could land Damian Lillard in Denver this offseason.