Damian Lillard posts Instagram story of Kevin Durant in Blazers uniform


Does Damian Lillard know something the rest of us don’t? That’s what hoops fans were left to wonder Saturday when the All-Star guard shared an Instagram story, posting a picture of himself with Kevin Durant—his teammate at last summer's Tokyo Olympics—both in full Blazers uniforms.

It’s probably wishful thinking, though if Durant were to join Lillard in Portland, it would certainly make up for the mistake the Trail Blazers made in 2007, drafting Greg Oden—who would turn out to be among the biggest busts in NBA history—with that year’s top pick. Portland made a similar mistake years earlier, taking Sam Bowie ahead of Michael Jordan in 1984.

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Durant tried to downplay the rumors in a recent podcast appearance, though as the old adage goes, where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. It’s hard to imagine Durant wanting to stay in Brooklyn if Kyrie Irving departs in free agency, a distinct possibility with Adrian Wojnarowski reporting contract talks between Irving and the Nets have grown increasingly “acrimonious” with hope dwindling for a reconciliation. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, teams are preparing for Durant to be available within “six or seven days.” Durant’s trade market has yet to take shape, though if the former MVP does force his way out, Brian Windhorst says it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Heat were among his top suitors.

The Blazers acquired Jerami Grant (20.9 points per game over his last two seasons) from Detroit earlier this week, suggesting they plan to be aggressive this summer. While Portland has never been a major trade or free-agent destination, the prospect of playing with Lillard, who ranks ninth in career three-pointers (2,140) and was recently named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team, could pique Durant’s interest.

With Irving, Durant, Bradley Beal, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Zach LaVine, Jalen Brunson, Deandre Ayton and Miles Bridges all threats to leave their current teams, this offseason should be one of the most fascinating in recent memory.

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