The defeat of the Golden State Warriors at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals ended up as a result that altered the future of the league. Despite finishing with a record of 73-9 that season, the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead to none other than LeBron James in the finals.
The aftermath of that result was the Warriors recruited Kevin Durant to the team, completely shifting the balance of the NBA. For the next three seasons, everybody was aware that from the Western Conference it was all but confirmed that the Warriors would be the team to make it to the NBA Finals and that's what happened.
They went to three consecutive NBA Finals and ended up winning two of them. After that three-year run with the Dubs, Kevin Durant moved on in his career and joined the Brooklyn Nets.
Unfortunately, that move hasn't worked out well for the Slim Reaper. Additionally, with current rumors of Kyrie Irving potentially looking to join a new team, it would mean that Durant would end up asking for a trade and force his way out as well.
No team in the NBA would let go of a chance to sign a player of KD's caliber and it seems like the Portland Trail Blazers might be a frontrunner in trading for the 2x NBA champ and pair him up alongside Damian Lillard.
Jusuf Nurkic recently posted a photoshopped image of Kevin Durant in a Photoshopped Trail Blazers jersey where he was standing with Damian Lillard. As the message wasn't very cryptic, most fans believed that Dame had already tried to recruit Durant to his team.
Upon seeing that, NBA analyst Skip Bayless called out Lillard in one of his recent tweets.
"Love Dame sending an SOS to KD pretty much the way Steph recruited KD to save HIS legacy. KD sure took Dame off the hook in the Gold Medal game after Dame missed both free throws and KD said let ME get fouled this time: Swish/swish. Ballgame. USA! USA!"
Skip even compared this rumored move by Lillard to when KD joined the Warriors. He believes that this is an SOS call from Lillard to save his legacy, just as Steph did in 2016.
Although there has been no confirmation of Lillard doing anything like that, Bayless has already called him out. Now, knowing both KD and Lillard, they wouldn't stay quiet about this allegation. And if there is no truth to it, will clap back at Skip soon.