Blazers' Damian Lillard lists Heat, Nets as top destinations in hypothetical trade

Damian Lillard has actually stayed faithful to the Trail Blazers throughout his profession, and he wishes to stay in Portland as long as the company stays dedicated to winning in today. But, if he were to be traded over the offseason in order to start a reconstruct, he has a number of favored locations in mind. 

When inquired about a theoretical trade throughout a look on Showtime’s The Last Stand with Brian Custer, Lillard noted Miami and Brooklyn as 2 landing areas that he would be cool with, thanks mainly to the existence of gamers currently on those lineups. 

“Miami obviously,” Lillard stated. “Miami is the obvious one. Bam [Adebayo] is my dog. Bam is my dog for real. But I mean I think Miami is the obvious one. Brooklyn is another obvious one because Mikal Bridges is my dog too. I mean, both have capable rosters.”

You can see Lillard’s discuss the matter listed below: 

Lillard has actually made it clear time and once again throughout the years that his very first option would be to play his whole profession with the Blazers, which hasn’t altered. 

“I want to have an opportunity to win in Portland…We got an opportunity, asset-wise, to build a team that can compete,” Lillard stated. “If we can’t do that, then, you know, obviously, like I’ve said, you know, for months now, like then this is a separate conversation that we would have to have.”

Portland has the 3rd total choice in the upcoming 2023 NBA Draft, and they can pursue 2 various courses. They can aim to trade the choice to get recognized skill in order to develop the lineup up around Lillard, or they might enter the opposite instructions — struck the reboot button, keep the choice, and trade Lillard for young gamers and/or future choices and accept a reconstruct. 

Between now and draft day (June 22), the Blazers will need to choose which instructions they wish to enter. If it’s the latter, then we might have currently seen Lillard play his last video game in a Portland uniform. 

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