Ah, it's free agency time. The time of year when the Blazers scramble to make their team better, only to fall short of signing that missing piece. It happens all the time, and the sad truth is that the Blazers have never signed a superstar player, mostly because of some cold weather and a few measly raindrops. But here I was, scrolling through my Instagram feed, minding my own business when I stumbled upon this nugget of information...
Dame_Lillard has followed DwightHoward
For the very few of you that do not know what an Instagram is, it is a social media site that allows users to upload pictures from their smartphones. It is very common for NBA players to have accounts and while they are followed by hundreds of thousands of people, they only follow a select group of people. ( i.e. their family, their "bros," and supermodels.)
So upon reading that Damian Lillard had followed Dwight Howard, I felt excited, yet slightly confused and left with a slew of questions. It didn't feel like Dame had just "happened" to follow him the day free agency starts. Earlier in the offseason, he had also talked about reaching out to potential free agent acquisitions.
“It depends on what our team is going to need, but if I like a player that is on the market and I know he has interest, of course I’m going to reach out to them,’ Lillard said. (CSNW)
Did this mean that the two were communicating? Has Portland suddenly emerged as the dark horse candidate to snatch Dwight from free agency? Does Dame just like to look at Dwight's pics?
Although Dwight isn't working out with the Blazers this week, he might just be weird enough to consider Portland. Last seasons' "Dwightmare" debacle showed that anything is possible with this guy. With Dwight we have an insanely high ceiling, and with a few bench players we are instant contenders. I think in basketball terms, Portland would be Dwight's best option. Portland can surround him with shooters and the pick and roll with Dame would be next to impossible to defend. Dwight and LA would be the best front court in the league. We know Neil Olshey blew Roy Hibbert away last summer, so we have someone that can convince him of his potential on the Blazers. Didn't Dwight also say he likes to be "the big fish in a small pond"? Considering these factors, Olshey has to give this a go.
Maybe Dame following Dwight on Instagram means nothing, maybe it means everything, but whatever it is, don't count us out quite yet. Hey, stranger things have happened. (OK, maybe not.)