Now that the season is over for the Portland Trail Blazers, a lot of speculation is swirling around the future for Damian Lillard.
Will the star guard remain in Portland or will he make a move that many have expected for years?
Stephen A. Smith gave his opinion about the situation on Thursday’s episode of First Take.
Smith said that he’d take Lillard over James Harden if he was running the Philadelphia 76ers, touching upon a possible trade that some fans have been kicking around lately.
I would take Damian Lillard over James Harden in a heartbeat. pic.twitter.com/2KWOhhp17I
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) April 13, 2023
Smith’s words have generated a lot of buzz and criticism from fans online.
There is a large chorus of people who are getting sick and tired of seeing people rank Lillard over Harden.
“James Harden disrespect is getting out of hand now,” one fan said.
James Harden disrespect is getting out of hand now.
— melly (@mellystr) April 13, 2023
Plenty of others said that Harden is easily the better player because he has helped his team get much further.
Why is this being talked about lol it’s the playoffs and one player is in it and the other is in Cancun
— Dred💯 (@hsw1998) April 13, 2023
Then were some who felt that Lillard is clearly the better star.
Man said over James Harden like that's a tough choice. 🤣
— Tim (@Namedropper5000) April 13, 2023
The response online suggests that the debate about Lillard over Harden is only heating up and will be discussed a lot in the months to come.
The real question is peak for peak, which player is better. That's a fun discussion
— VK9 (@Vectorknight9) April 13, 2023
We don’t know if either player will leave their team.
Harden is definitely still in the running to make the Finals and if his Sixers find a lot of success then there is a great chance he will remain in Philly.
As for Lillard, he might decide to stick around in Portland again, proving that his loyalty really can’t be shaken.NEXT: Fans React To Stephen A. Smith's Comments On A Damian Lillard Trade