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Bill Simmons Thinks Portland Will Trade Damian Lillard To The Lakers Before The Trade Deadline

5 Reasons Why Damian Lillard Should Play For The Los Angeles Lakers

After the debacle that was Paul George immediately letting the world know he wouldn't be signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, instead re-signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder on the first day of the free agency period this offseason, after months of sure-fire rumors, LeBron James is the lone All-Star on the Lakers roster.

The rest of the Lakers is a mish-mash of young up-and-comers such as Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, and a group of misfits, such as Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley.

History has proven to us that it's almost impossible for LeBron to win when he's the lone All-Star on his squad, and even though he's carried teams to the NBA Finals before on his back alone -- 2007 springs to mind -- at 33-years-old, it's going to be hard for James to take the Lakers to the Finals out in the West.

With their young assets, the Lakers have an opportunity to make a mid-season trade for another All-Star to pair with LeBron if things go pear-shaped, and according to Bill Simmons on his podcast, he's seen signs that point towards the Lakers making a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers for Damian Lillard.

Referencing Vegas setting Portland's over/under win total for next season at 42 wins, he thinks Vegas anticipates the Blazers to trade Lillard to LA for a combination of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lonzo Ball.

Being as Lillard is from Oakland, not too far from Los Angeles, the rumored trade would be somewhat of a homecoming for Dame, and would provide LeBron with another All-Star on his quest to take the Lakers to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.

Check the Bill Simmons Podcast. The Portland Trail Blazers material starts at 1:46:56.