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NBA Trade Rumors: Portland Trail Blazers are making a huge mistake in not trading Damian Lillard

Written by Doug Rush

NBA Trade Rumors: Portland Trail Blazers are making a huge mistake in not trading Damian Lillard

The Portland Trail Balzers continue to be a really stubborn team moving forward.

They’re 11-15 heading into the weekend, they’re also the 11th seed in the Western Conference, which means they wouldn’t even make it for a play-in game if the postseason started.

And yet, they refuse to even discuss Damian Lillard in a trade talk, as they told the Philadelphia 76ers that Lillard is off-limits in any trade discussions, especially for Ben Simmons.

Lillard is 31 years old and has two more guaranteed signed seasons left with Portland. There’s also a player option on his deal too, and that’s a key thing.

Say Portland doesn’t get any closer to building a championship by the time Lillard is 33, then what? Will,Lillard decline his option and become a free agent to sign with say, the Los Angeles Lakers or the New York Knicks?

Lillard is also reportedly looking for a 2-year, $107 million extension to make him the highest paid player in the league, which would end a lot of the trade speculation in the recent future.

Portland shouldn’t sign Lillard to an extension unless they’re guaranteeing to build a contending team around him, and they haven’t. What Portland needs to do is deal Lillard; either the Knicks or Lakers make the most sense.

Because if not, then Portland is going to regret not capitalizing on Lillard’s best seasons and lose him at an age where it was too late.

But then again, it’s the Blazers. Their franchise is filled with bad luck and tough losses.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.