Last week, Portland Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard, a longtime trade target for your Los Angeles Lakers.
joked on Instagram about getting traded to LA this summer, igniting a million message boards.
Lillard laughs to an offscreen friend about how basketball media members should connect with him during the 2023 summer.
Lillard famously discussed trading for Anthony Davis and LeBron James in the summer of 2021, but he declined.
The two LA stars then seemingly focused on Compton-born USC product DeMar DeRozan, an All-Star small forward.
DeRozan expected the San Antonio Spurs would sign-and-trade him to Los Angeles, but the Lakers traded for Long Beach native Russell Westbrook instead.
After dumping his money in February, the Lakers embarked on an 18-9 run to finish the regular season and reached the Western Conference Finals with their altered lineup.