Did Damian Lillard ask for a trade?
Damian Lillard said Friday he has not requested a trade but wants the Portland Trail Blazers to be more urgent in their pursuit of a championship. The All-Star guard added that he expects to be with the Blazers next season, but made clear that he feels it needs to be with more talent around him. Sportsnet.caTrail Blazers’ Damian Lillard says trade request rumours are ‘not true’
What team is Damian Lillard on?
Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, after a practice with Team USA as they prepare for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, took questions from the media regarding a report that he had asked to be traded. Trailblazers.comLillard Addresses Trade Rumors, His Future In Portland After Practice With USA Basketball | Portland Trail Blazers
Similar to the James Harden situation, Miami lacks the draft picks to make an appealing offer.
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Damian Lillard says he woke up to reports of him on the verge of requesting a trade “is not true.” And says secondly, “I haven’t made any firm decisions on what my future will be.”
SportsLine oddsmakers have pegged Miami as the third-likeliest destination for the six-time All-NBA player, behind the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers. Bam Adebayo is currently playing with Lillard as they both prepare for the Tokyo Olympics. Can it happen?
In some ways, we’re back to the James Harden conversation from December 2020. The Heat don’t have the draft assets to send Portland. But a couple things have changed. Tyler Herro’s trade stock has dipped after an inconsistent sophomore season, and Duncan Robinson is an impending free agent. That makes a trade even more complicated.
Now, the Heat could agree with the Oklahoma City Thunder to remove the lottery protections from Miami’s 2023 first-round pick. That would allow the Heat to trade their 2025 and 2027 first-round pick to the Blazers. But the Houston Rockets received four first-round picks and four pick swaps for Harden.
It’s unlikely that Portland will trade Lillard to Miami. But the Heat have to try.
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17 July, 2021 - 02:01pm
17 July, 2021 - 02:01pm
Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts after losing to the Miami Heat (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Once again, the Miami Heat find themselves at the forefront of the rumor mill. Well, sort of, as has been rumored for some time now and actually heavily reported in the last few days, depending on what you choose to believe, that Damian Lillard has an interest in, potentially, coming to Miami.
While that can’t be verified, one way or another at the moment, there was something that hit the mill that was worth the attention it came with. You definitely deem it that way after the subject of the report himself, Damian Lillard, came out to address it.
First though, the report. Here is the rumor or report, whichever you deem it, that set the internet and NBA community ablaze on Friday.
Source: Blazers star Damian Lillard to request trade in the days to come.
If this is a surprise, you haven't been paying attention. https://t.co/FS7KL1pPPm
— Henry Abbott (@TrueHoop) July 16, 2021
Quite the firestarter it was, this is true. It wasn’t long into the morning or morning on the West Coast, at least, where Team USA is currently held up in Las Vegas, that reports then started to come out about an incoming response from Lillard.
The response would be directly to the above report.
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