Franchise plan to build around star is stale.
Let Damian go.
It gives him a better shot at rewarding his prodigious talent. The team hasn't done that. By contrast, Damian's departure rewards the Blazers with players in trade. Do it now.
They'll keep Lillard for as long as he's willing to stay, and do what little they can to convince him and everyone else they're building a contender around him. They'll do this because Lillard sells tickets, and money is all that matters. So get ready to see the #3 pick traded for some random good-but-not-great veteran, similar to Jerami Grant, then squint at the roster and try to conjure thoughts of how a rag-tag bunch could get hot at just the right time next spring. Then get ready for the third straight season of tanking next February, when the inevitable mediocrity becomes reality and the "injuries" pile up. Rinse. Repeat.
Yes, one or two updates around Dame will not come close to a title. Total rebuild from ownership on down is needed. Blazers have had too many tries with Dame but fell short. The Blazers let Dame down.
First and foremost, the blazers do not owe Lillard anything. At the wages they are paying him he should be the most humble player on the team. If he were let go there are lots of guards in college and the G league who would do just fine for Portland.
Every offseason it's the same story. New faces, same outcome. Meanwhile, our greatest trade asset continues to lose value. LET HIM GO. Start the rebuild.
After 10 years of failed draft picks (after Damian's drafting) and a rotating cast of journeymen it is very hard to even pay attention to the Blazers let alone pay to attend a game. I don't have much confidence that anything will change this off season.
I'd like to see a trade deal including Jody and Joe...Maybe that's the answer...on 2nd thought I doubt there would be any takers...It saddens me to say this but Let Dame go.
Agree that letting Dame go is best for all. IMO, should have moved him instead of CJ back in early 2022
Everyone either needs to stop going to the games altogether or just chant SELL THE TEAM!!!!!! The entire game.
I agree John. But I cannot see anything change until the club gets sold, to hopefully someone that wants to win. This operation is more concerned with being liked and PC, with the fans being useful idiots who keep financing it. Enough already.
Blazer management has botched results for more than one franchise face. Ownership is certainly part of the problem. Nothing new here.
It's time. I went to the next to last home game vs Sacramento. Dame and his "injured" teammates were in track suits, Lillard had a ball during timeouts dribbling and taking fake three point shots.
11 years, of broken promises from Paul Allen and the Vulcan front office. Allen's sister clutching to the final pieces of Paul's legacy. Lillard doesn't deserve to watch his remaining games play out with another rebuild. Dame loves Portland and we in turn love him back.
But enough is enough, let the man go play for a contender. A really nice player of the future is awaiting to hear his name called with the third selection. Cronin and Vulcan won't be able to exchange fair market value for Lillard, but Dame's Time as a Blazer has created franchise defining moments. Although the supporting cast has never played up to his caliber of excellence.
This feels like when Clyde Drexler was let go to Houston to allow him the opportunity for a world Championship which he got. You've Accurately described what the Blazers need to do for Lillard, the team and most importantly the fans
You must have good big men in the NBA to have a real team. Dump Lilliard now before he goes off on another spree to get more tats and complain. Jody Allen knows nothing about the NBA. The vulcans in Seattle do not care about Pdx. Chauncy Billips is no head coach, and was a poor hire. Unless you are stupid, or named Mario Cristoball, you do not snub Phil Knight. He offered only 2 billion for the team last year, and Jody peed her granny pants. She claims team is not for sale, which is a lie; all assets must be sold sooner or later. I get all Blazer games on my comcast, and do not watch Portland ever. A sad team going nowhere. Real sad as I remember the good teams or 1990 and 1992; both teams lost the NBA title.
Amen. As a point of fairness to Damian Lillard, it would be a way to reward a man of integrity for all he’s done for the fans in Portland. He’s tried. Now let him play where he has a chance to actually win a championship. That ain’t Rip City.
Agree. But why does Sam Bowie come to mind?