During the last offseason, there were rumors that the Portland Trail Blazers were considering trading Damian Lillard to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would've been teammates with LeBron James. Nothing happened, and Lillard remains a Trail Blazer, and enjoys being one.
Surprisingly, this wasn't the first time that the two star players came somewhat close to becoming teammates. James reportedly wanted Lillard to replace Kyrie Irving on the Cleveland Cavaliers when Irving asked to be traded following the 2016-17 season.
It's surprising that the Cavs didn't try to flip Irving for Lillard, who is a much better player than Isaiah Thomas, the main piece they received from the Boston Celtics when they did trade him. Since then, Thomas has fallen off the map while Lillard continues to dominate.
Damian Lillard set the Trail Blazers franchise record with 10 3-pt FG, and did it in only 3 quarters.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 29, 2018
Lillard is the 4th player in the last 5 seasons with 10 threes through 3 quarters. He joins Stephen Curry (done 5 times), Klay Thompson (3) and Kemba Walker.
Had the Cavs listened to LeBron, maybe they would've won more than one title. Maybe things could've gone well enough that James would have stayed in Cleveland rather than sign with the Lakers.
Hindsight is 20/20 though, and Thomas was coming off a great year, but he couldn't duplicate that success with the Cavs.