One of the most fun things about the NBA Playoffs is interacting with players that have already been eliminated. When many players get sent home, they become fans just like the rest of us. One of these players, Damian Lillard, responded to a Tweet asking him what player he would team up with to get him to the playoffs, if he could choose any active player.
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) May 15, 2022
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have, of course, done something that Damian Lillard has never done: won a NBA Championship. In Lillard’s ten season, the Trailblazers have made the playoffs eight times. In five of those postseasons, they were eliminated in the first round. The furthest Portland has advanced was the Western Conference Finals in 2018-2019. They were swept by the Golden State Warriors.
Damian Lillard Is Not Coming to Milwaukee
Although it is exciting to think about Damian Lillard teaming up with Giannis in Milwaukee, the fact of the matter is that it will not happen. Giannis, of course, signed a supermax extension to stay with the Bucks until the 2025-26 season. Similarly, Damian Lillard signed an extension with Portland that goes through the 2024-25 season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is famously loyal to the city of Milwaukee. Lillard, too, has become known for his loyalty to the Portland Trailblazers. While the two would almost certainly make a very dynamic duo, it is very unlikely to happen any time soon, if at all. Milwaukee at least has a title recently and is much more competitive than Portland. Should the pair ever come together on the same team, it would likely be Lillard coming to Milwaukee.
Again, though, that is not a very probably situation.
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