ICYMI: Damian Lillard sets Twitter aflame, may want to join LeBron James on Lakers

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was asked by a fan on Twitter if he’d be pleased with a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers to join forces with LeBron James.

Lillard’s reply was juicily ambiguous, sparking speculation that he may want out of Portland:

The three-time All-Star seemed unfazed by the fact that his viral response caused such a stir:

For what it’s worth, Lillard’s pinned tweet shows off his new rap album Confirmed in which he’s wearing a crown. It could be a tribute to “King James.” But probably not.

In any case, one could hardly blame Lillard for wanting to flee to greener pastures. His squad was swept by the New Orleans Pelicans in the opening round of the NBA playoffs this past season.

An Oakland native, Lillard won’t be able to join his hometown “super team,” the Golden State Warriors, due to the presence of Stephen Curry as the face of the franchise. The next best option in his native California probably would be teaming with James to add sizzle to a potential intrastate rivalry.

James has played before with an explosive scoring point guard in Kyrie Irving, which resulted in an NBA championship for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. Lillard is a similarly dynamic player who’s averaged 23.1 points in six seasons as a pro.

A trade to L.A. for Lillard would likely mean the end of the Lonzo Ball era, who already has competition for his starting job after the Lakers signed Rajon Rondo to a one-year contract.

Lillard is entering the third season of a five-year max contract (h/t Spotrac), so L.A. would have to offload lots of salary to make room for him—and even more if it wants to add another superstar.