Damian Lillard has stayed loyal to the Portland Trail Blazers for 10 years now, and he has seen a vast array of teammates come and go. For the longest time, Lillard has insisted that he wants to remain with the Blazers for as long as they continue to build a championship contender around him. But in the past few years, the Blazers have failed to do just that one disappointing season after another.
Dame drops a hint
So in typical Dame fashion, he recently dropped a hint on Twitter about who his dream teammate is. According to Lillard, if he were to pick someone he could team up with to bring the Blazers to the promised land, it would be none other than two-time MVP and one-time champion Giannis Antetokounmpo. Who wouldn't want to play with arguably the best player in the world right now, right?
Take Dame's tweet any way you want, but it sure seems the veteran isn't satisfied with his accomplishments so far. In another tweet, Lillard said that leading the Blazers to the Western Conference Finals in 2019 meant nothing to his legacy. It seems like Dame is hungrier than ever to reach the mountain top, but the question is, will the Blazers help him do just that?
A theoretical Antetokounmpo-Lillard partnership
If there's a similarity between Antetokounmpo and Lillard, it's that they're both incredibly dedicated to their teams. So theoretically, it's difficult to assume who switches teams for them to pair up. Maybe there's a universe where Lillard finally realizes that the Blazers won't go anywhere given their mediocrity over the last decade. If that's the case, then Lillard should definitely consider teaming up with his dream teammate.
An Antetokounmpo-Lillard pairing would arguably be a lethal force for the league. You have a big man who can do everything on the court (yes, even take jumpers!) and one of the most clutch guards in NBA history who can take over a game anytime he wants (as long as he's healthy). That would arguably be the best scoring duo in the league and, if the right pieces are around them, a title-favorite team.
The question moving forward is whether or not Lillard wants to change the trajectory of his career by moving to another team. He knows many teams would probably welcome him with open arms, and it'll depend on how insistent he is with staying true to the team that drafted him in 2012. But if all else fails, Antetokounmpo will probably be the first player Dame calls when his mind finally changes.