I think this point is often ignored in favor of short-term value, and/or "honoring Dame's request", and that it is utterly crucial we add this to the calculus of a Dame trade. Thus, I thought it was worthy of its own post, because I haven't seen anyone even slightly debunk it. Theory: If indeed all the people who believe Dame goes to Miami are correct, then this signals the end of "undesirable markets" ever winning a championship again. Of course, this is post-Jokic in Denver as that team is already assembled. I see that if Dame and his agent get their way, that this will become standard operating procedure for literally every player in the League. The minute your rookie contract is over, you get the maximum new contract you can, let the ink dry...or maybe not even that long, and you simply demand a trade to California, Boston, NY, Florida, or Texas. You then poison the well and ensure that no other team will trade for you, and your new team gets to pay pennies on the dollar for you, thereby screwing your former team. This would defacto mean, no undesirable market team will EVER win a championship again (post-Jokic). That seems to be an EXTREMELY high price to pay for a marginally better offer from Miami than say OG from Toronto, or really just about any other possibility. It seems to me, that if Dame succeeds that is the curtain call for any championship in Portland ever again. If Dame, "Mr. Loyalty" himself is doing this, do you really think the LeBrons, AD's and Tatum's of the world are going to do anything else? Lillard was the exception not the rule, sure maybe you can find some Serbian player who has TRUE loyalty, but the odds of that player being a Superstar are exceedingly low. Superstars generally have gigantic egos and want to play in the aforementioned areas. I don't see Scoot or Sharpe (or any other player we draft) staying if they see they can just bully their way out with the Lillard Method (TM). Please debunk this with facts and reason. If you can't, you might want to consider coming aboard Team "Anywhere but Miami".