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The Warriors Internally Discussing Potential Trades For Damian Lillard Is Straight Up Terrifying

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The Athletic -  “Would the Warriors get involved? Yes,” wrote Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “They’d make a call and have already internally discussed the idea, as I’m sure most contenders have, considering the rising smoke out of Portland.

“Their theoretical offer would be competitive. If the Blazers decided to trade Lillard, a complete rebuild seems like the wisest path and there aren’t many better rebuilding trade packages dangling out there right now than James Wiseman, the seventh and 14th pick in the upcoming draft, plus more future firsts, attached to Andrew Wiggins as salary match filler. The [Oklahoma City] Thunder and other teams may have a more appealing basket of picks, but why would they spend them on a star on the wrong side of 30?”

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Admit it, hearing the Warriors are doing their due diligence in regards to potentially trading for Dame scares you a little bit. You saw that package right? You'll notice it did not include the names Steph Curry, Klay Thompson or Draymond Green. That's terrifying. We know they are not shy when it comes to forming superteams, and you add Dame to that mix and all you really lose if Andrew Wiggins? That'd be insane.

I should also mention the whole Steph Curry future thing. All signs point to him signing that extension this summer, but trading for Dame gives them a some insurance. For starters if Curry somehow leaves, they fill his spot with a top 5 PG. Lilllard is also signed through 2024-25 (player option). Maybe they're looking for ways to lessen Curry's usage/offensive load as he ages, and you could certainly do worse than Dame in that regard. While adding Dame to that GS core would be problematic for pretty much every other fanbase in the league, it'd be fascinating to hear him talk about it since he's on record as being opposed to superteams. This would potentially be different obviously because he'd be traded, but Dame is one of the most anti-superteam stars the league has

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While it makes for a fun summer offseason topic, in my bones I still don't think Dame is moved this summer. Why would the Blazers do that? There are other pieces to their team that they can explore trading before they move one of the greatest players in franchise history. I get that Harden demanded a trade with 2+1 still on his current Rockets deal, but Dame is just about to start his 3+1 extension next season. He's also never said anything about wanting out, despite what the internet says

I usually wait for Chris Haynes to say anything since he's Dame's guy, the rest of it is just noise in my opinion. 

Now, would the Blazers even accept that Warriors offer? Those future 1sts are pretty worthless since that Warriors core with Dame might never lose. There is a big man need on the Blazers, especially with Nurkic not having a fully guaranteed deal and not the best big man depth behind him. Andrew Wiggins made strides this year and is a decent piece who is relatively young for a team who would be entering a rebuild. Unless there are two guys the Blazers really love in this draft, I'm not so sure they say yes. At the same time, when was the last time we saw a team get a full dollar return on trading their superstar? It's usually for like 70-80 cents on the dollar.

It's terrifying to think about how you defend a team with Curry, Dame, and Klay on the perimeter with Draymond being the straw that stirs the drink in terms of ball movement. What do you do? You'd have to have both of Dame/Curry's defenders come out 40 ft,and god forbid you're forced to rotate and we see Klay left open in the corner for uncontested threes. We just got over the KD Warriors era, I'm not sure that after two down years because of injury that I'm ready to have to deal with that shit again.

So Portland, just keep Dame. He's willing to go down with the ship, so just go that route.