Apparently, when LeBron James becomes a free agent at the end of this season, fans of the Portland Trail Blazers want him to consider their team as his next and future home. After pooling together some money, fans of the Blazers got together to take out a massive billboard, hopefully encouraging LeBron to take a look at Portland when he makes his final decision.
James is undoubtedly one of the best players in the NBA. He's having an MVP caliber season but he could be leaving Cleveland. There are rumors he might be eyeing the Lakers, Rockets or the Clippers, but why not Portland? His presence alone on an NBA team will certainly change the outlook of that franchise, offering an immediate chance at the postseason and high odds of going all the way.
The group Trillblazin' is responsible for the ad and posted a photo of the billboard on Twitter. There hope is that James sees Portland as an option and Trail Blazers' star Damian Lillard as a worthy reason to join the team. Should he, the Blazers would immediate favorites to go deep in 2018-19.
The group Trillblazin started a GoFundMe campaign on March 15. With an original goal of $2,000, their rush for funds finished with $6,820 and plenty of money to purchase the ad. The donations went toward the cost of the billboard and a prime spot was given to them right around the arena where the Blazers play. The billboard was funded by mostly local businesses, and once the corporations got on board, the group hit their goal rather quickly.
Fans in Portland are not the only ones who have tried this technique. There is a movement called the "billboard-for-LeBron movement" and cities around the NBA have started to see fans do similar things.
In Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Cleveland (where LeBron currently plays), fans have paid for their plea for the superstar who has before taken his talents elsewhere.