Celtics Could Acquire Damian Lillard For Four Players, Three 1st-Rounders & Two Pick Swaps In Proposed Blockbuster

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Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is one of the superstars who are expected to change teams in the 2021 offseason. The Trail Blazers may not have shown a strong indication that they are planning to move Lillard this summer but if they won't provide him a realistic path to title contention most believe that it would only be a matter of time before the All-Star point guard begins seeking a way out of Portland.

Damian Lillard Trade Could Fix Celtics

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The 2020-21 NBA season isn't yet over, but Lillard has already been linked to several teams that could possibly trade for him this summer. According to Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report, one of the potential suitors for Lillard on the trade market is the Boston Celtics. Like the Trail Blazers, the Celtics also suffered a first-round playoff exit.

However, instead of tearing their roster down and undergoing a full-scale rebuild, the Celtics are likely to instead try building a more competitive roster around franchise cornerstones Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Potential Trade Scenario To Acquire Damian Lillard

In his article, Swartz came up with a hypothetical blockbuster trade idea that would allow the Celtics to acquire Lillard from the Trail Blazers without giving up Tatum or Brown. In the proposed trade scenario, the Celtics would send a package that includes Kemba Walker, Aaron Nesmith, Robert Williams III, Romeo Langford, a 2021 first-round pick, a 2023 first-round pick, a 2025 first-round pick, and the right to swap picks in 2022 and 2024 to the Trail Blazers in exchange for Lillard.

Damian Lillard Elevates Celtics' Status In The East

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Lillard would undeniably be a dream acquisition for the Celtics. His potential arrival would tremendously boost their performance on the offensive end of the floor, giving them a very reliable scorer, playmaker, and floor-spacer. This season, the 30-year-old point guard averaged 28.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 7.5 assists while shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN.

Lillard would still need time to familiarize himself in Boston, but Swartz believes that adding him to the core of Tatum, Brown, Marcus Smart, and Tristan Thompson would put the Celtics on the same conversation as other Eastern Conference powerhouse teams like the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Philadelphia 76ers.

Does The Trade Make Sense For The Trail Blazers?

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The proposed trade would make a lot of sense for the Trail Blazers, especially if Lillard is determined to leave Portland. The suggested deal would allow them to remain competitive in the post-Lillard era while acquiring assets that they could use if they decide to undergo a full-scale rebuild.

"A backcourt of Walker and C.J. McCollum is still extremely lethal, with Nesmith and Williams looking like the future of the small forward and center positions," Swartz wrote. "Three unprotected first-rounders and a pair of swaps gives the Blazers plenty of trade ammunition moving forward, or rebuilding assets should Portland eventually choose to tear things down."