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Damian Lillard Speculation Growing Following Tuesday's Trade

Portland Trail Blazers superstar point guard Damian Lillard gives a thumbs down.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - NOVEMBER 29: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers motions on the court in the second half during a game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on November 29, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

The time has come for Damian Lillard to demand a trade and get out of Portland as soon as possible.

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.