Stephen A. Smith has doubled down on the New York Knicks being the team that Lillard wants to go to if he doesn’t play with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Lillard makes so much sense for the Knicks, as they are a team in need of a massive jolt to send them back up the Eastern Conference rankings and playoff tree.
So what would a possible trade look like?
In this trade proposal, it would send two first round picks, Immanuel Quickley, Kemba Walker and Mitchell Robinson. The one trade piece that was disagreed with is sending Obi Toppin.
Either the Knicks trade other players, or give another first round pick in the trade, as Toppin should be off limits.
Building the team through Lillard, RJ Barrett and Julius Randle with Derrick Rose suddenly changes the landscape of the Knicks.
The Knicks are on the bubble of the playoffs at 12-13. The Blazers are 11-15 and not looking like a contender out west. Many have wondered why the Blazers haven’t traded Lillard yet.
The longer Portland keeps Lillard and continues to not win with him, the further Lillard’s trade value drops because of his age. The draft picks might not be there, and the trade value isn’t as high.
This is why the Blazers and Knicks should make this deal and strike now while Lillard is still a premier player in the NBA and the Blazers can get full value back.