Lillard’s future in Portland is somewhat uncertain. Though the team insists its hoping to build a championship contender around him, that stance hasn’t quelled any trade rumors regarding the 32-year-old.
During his Instagram Live, Lillard comically responded to the fans who were urging him to join the Lakers.
“Where you going this summer? They want me to be like ‘I’m going to the Lakers,’” joked Lillard, while talking to someone nearby, off camera. "I’m going to the Lakers, man. I’m going to the Lakers.”
Damian Lillard trolling on IG live 💀💀 pic.twitter.com/iJ0xXu4XHj— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) May 27, 2023
The comments from Lillard drew plenty of reactions from the Lakers fans, some of whom analyzed his words to an incredible extent. NBA Twitter couldn’t help but enter a frenzy in the aftermath of the Instagram Live, with some fans in Los Angeles finding some newfound confidence their team should it pursue the All-NBA guard.
Crazy thing is he was joking but kept saying it... then his demeanor changed 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣— WE STACK CHIPS !!!!! (@LAKERSRISE) May 27, 2023
Damian Lillard https://t.co/Seb6gTrRwy— Stone Cold Shea Jackson (@OsheaJacksonJr) May 27, 2023
“Why did he keep repeating Lakers?” 👀 pic.twitter.com/nasJY5pJIR— Edwin H. (@ramswillwinSB_) May 27, 2023
Man stop playing with my emotions pic.twitter.com/hS7pRSg3y1— Taino 🇩🇴 (@TainoZtv) May 27, 2023
LeBron James in 2018:— LegendZ (@legendz_nba) May 27, 2023
“Give me Damian Lillard. I’ll show you how appreciated he”ll be”👀 pic.twitter.com/cRwLTvXN3a
DAME TO THE LAKERS CONFIRMED‼️— Bobby (@BobbySolez) May 27, 2023
Dame to the lakers 😭😭😭😭🙏— dfw OPARE (@__nanaopare) May 27, 2023
While this appears to be nothing more than Lillard just having a laugh, the star guard has sent Lakers’ and NBA Twitter into an uproar.