The Trail Blazers are currently in the midst of finalizing a blockbuster trade that'll send Dame's No. 1 sidekick, CJ McCollum, to the Pelicans for - wait for it - a package centered around Josh Hart and draft compensation. No, we're not kidding. That's it.
Why on earth should Lillard give any more of his playing career to Portland? The Blazers don't deserve him anymore.
"Damian Lillard in September: 'I want to see our roster improve... I have faith that will happen.' Since then, Portland has traded CJ McCollum, Norm Powell and Robert Covington for Eric Bledsoe, Keon Johnson, Justise Winslow and Josh Hart and draft compensation??? Dude," an NBA fan tweeted.
Damian Lillard doesn't deserve this, but he also sort of asked for it.
Any team in the NBA would have given up the house to acquire Lillard. But he wanted to stick it out in Portland and make it work with McCollum by his side. He bet on the Trail Blazers and they let him down. So what now?
Lillard needs to get out before it's too late.
Make no mistake, though. Damian Lillard is no victim here because he asked for this.
The elite sharpshooter has been more than willing to remain captain on a sinking boat. But there's nothing wrong with taking a ring buoy from a more capable passing ship trying to rescue you.
Leave the sinking boat behind, Dame. Your legacy's on the line.