Damian Lillard’s Instagram story sends the NBA world into a frenzy

Damian Lillard may be up to something.

The Trail Blazers superstar took to Instagram on Saturday, posting a photo of himself and Kevin Durant wearing a Portland jersey.

The post sent shockwaves through social media, with some accusing Lillard of tampering. Others have released tentative trade options for the Nets.

Even Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic jumped on the chaos via Twittercaptioning photoshopped puzzle pieces.

The turmoil surrounding the Nets over Kyrie Irving’s contract situation has also raised a question about Durant’s future with the team.

As for the Blazers, they are looking to build around their superstar Lillard — Portland traded CJ McCollum, the team’s second option, in February.

With Lillard turning 32 in July, the Blazers’ championship window is starting to close, and a trade for another superstar like Durant would be a boon for Portland.

In the unlikely event that Lillard and Durant do become teammates, that still wouldn’t guarantee the Blazers would be championship contenders.

Any trade Portland would make for Durant would mean giving away assets. For Portland, that could include important position players such as Nurkic or Anfernee Simons.

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The duo would also bring them back into cap space — the two stars both have max contracts, with Durant signing a four-year, $198 million extension during last year’s offseason.

In the meantime, the Blazers are still looking to build around the point guard. Portland picked Shaedon Sharpe 7th overall in Thursday’s 2022 NBA draft.



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