Trail Blazers trade seven-time All-Star.
The Dame era in PDX will be remembered for a few things, chiefly: The franchise wasted the career of a first-ballot hall of famer, the best guard in club history (apologies to Clyde) and the best club ambassador I can remember. I don't blame Dame for anything - I blame ownership for all of it. Not Paul Allen; he cared deeply and was involved. Jody. She is the Satan in this tragedy.
A new era begins - and needs to. If Coach Billups can get Ayton to buy in (one assumes he thinks he can), Portland will have the rim protector it has lacked since forever and the young nucleus will be fun to watch develop. Just renewed my League Pass and am keen to seem them roll out the balls.
And Dame: Thanks for the memories; Godspeed; see you in The Finals.
So a small market team can make a big move to support a generational superstar. Guess that’s called “putting all the chips in”. The contrast with Milwaukie’s approach and success vs. Portland is utterly damning of the entire Allen ownership tenure.
Lillard has two good years left. We acquired younger guys with an upside. I like where we’re at. Portland will now be exciting to watch even more.
Well, here we are again. And it’s OK. Dame is on the back end of his greatness, and with his contract the Blazers were not going to assemble the pieces to make a true deep playoff run—especially with Maleficent in charge. A least we have another young squad that plays overall better defense and, if healthy, can give us hope. And it’s good to have sword removed from over our heads before the season starts. Onward!
Said he’d die on the sword in Portland and got the big bag💰…then wanted a trade after the draft and free agency…glad it’s over and excited for Blazers and Dame..RIP CITY 🏀
Breaking news John, well played.
In other news, the Blazers traded Bert Kolde to Oklahoma City in exchange for a dozen dry-erase markers and a copy of Organizational Management for Dummies.
As much as I love Dame we never had the forward/big at the level of Giannis during Dame's years to compete for it all. The best was early on with Aldridge but he didn't accept Dame as the guy. Dame has a chance to get a championship with Giannis and Middleton. There are also a few ex-Blazers on that roster starting with Pat Connaughton, who Dame seemed to help his 1st 3 years in the league. Hope Dame makes the best of it and hope we can learn to love this new team without Dame.
I'm so glad I quit following the Blazers years ago!
Very interesting (in my best Arte Johnson voice).
Looks like everyone got their wish let’s see how this plays out.
Good for Dame. Bucks are a team that wants to win.
Lillard got the best possible spot for chasing his ring. We all wish he wouldn't have been afraid of the grind but wish him well and he'll always be welcomed back. Perhaps the GOAT of all Portland professional athletes for what he gave back to the city.
And here we go again with the never ending story of the Blazers. Not rebuilding and nowhere near good enough to compete for the top of the conference. The dreaded no-man's land. I wish they would have sold out on the rebuild.
Very sad day for Blazer fans….a huge loss. Wish him the best and sports are always about the “if onlys”.
The Bucks already won an NBA Championship without Lillard. Holiday was a nice player on that team, but hardly essential. With Lillard, Milwaukee has to be right there with Denver as the 2023-24 favorite. Who can handle their depth at the 5? With Lillard on the point, they will be a deadly opponent.
Portland fans: don't expect too much from Ayton. I have had to watch him here in Phoenix for several years. I thought he really hurt the Suns in big moments. He has nice size, a decent shot, strength to be a good rebounder and ball handling skills for a big guy. But when the pressure is on, Ayton wilts. Maybe he won't face the playoff pressure much with the Blazers, though
And the rumor is that the Blazers are going to trade Jrue Holiday. That in my opinion would be bad.
The Greek Freak and Dame Dolla should be very interesting!