LeBron James Tried Recruiting Damian Lillard in 2018
When LeBron James recruits degree guards, he goes for the superstars!
After James teamed up with Stephen Curry for the primary time within the 2021 NBA All-Large identify Recreation in Atlanta, it turned as soon as rumored that LeBron needed to provide the association extra everlasting can occupy to aloof Curry decline to hint an extension with the Golden Comment Warriors and alter right into a free agent in 2022.
Now, reviews occupy surfaced that James has been eyeing however one other important explicit individual degree guard to group up with for a whereas, as aged Phoenix Suns conventional supervisor Ryan McDonough believes that the four-time NBA MVP tried to recruit Damian Lillard three years in the past.
(Quote transcribed by Audacy’s John Healy):
“LeBron James has recruited important explicit individual degree guards prior to, who occupy been under contract with however one other group,” he talked about. “We talked about Steph Curry, however LeBron recruited Damian Lillard a few years in the past, quietly, within the assist of-the-scenes — I really feel it turned as soon as in 2018 shortly after LeBron signed in LA with the Lakers.
Damian Lillard… is one in every of probably the most provocative avid players in the entire league, an MVP candidate, is extremely precise to Portland and the Trip Blazers. However LeBron did recruit him, Scal, my sources yell me LeBron reached out to Lillard and talked about, ‘Hello there, be part of me in LA and attain play for the Lakers’ and Lillard clearly refused.”
If LeBron tried to recruit Dame within the 2018 season, Lillard’s decision to affix the Lakers can occupy avoided them from ending tenth within the Western Conference with a 37-45 fantasy and James lacking 27 video games.
Then again, that following offseason, the Lakers would land their large important explicit individual acquisition in important explicit individual Anthony Davis and stride on to amass the 2020 NBA Championship.