When will Damian Lillard actually get traded?
It seems inevitable that the Miami Heat will acquire All-Star guard Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers.
Lillard recently requested a trade from the Trail Blazers, and the Heat have emerged as a top contender to land him. According to reports, league executives expect a deal between the two teams to be finalized. During an interview on “The Jon Krawczynski Show,” Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic stated that the general consensus around the league is that the Heat will be successful in acquiring Lillard.
So the scuttlebutt out here, it seems to be when you talk to, you know, I’ve talked to a bunch of agents have talked to several executives with other teams, and it’s what everyone is talking about. And there just seems to be an overall belief that eventually at some point, Miami will find a way to get the pieces together to get Damian Lillard there.
This sentiment is widely shared by agents and executives from other teams. It appears that Miami will find a way to assemble the necessary pieces to bring Lillard to their roster. Moreover, it has been reported that Lillard would not report to any team besides the Heat if he were to be traded elsewhere. This adds further excitement and anticipation within the Miami organization as they approach the prospect of adding another All-Star scorer to their lineup.
Lillard, who was drafted sixth overall by the Trail Blazers in 2012, has been a key figure in leading Portland to eight playoff appearances, including a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2019. However, injuries have limited his playing time over the past two seasons, and the Trail Blazers have struggled in the standings as a result.
With the presence of talent like Scoot Henderson, the third overall pick in this year’s draft, the Trail Blazers have a promising foundational piece for their rebuilding efforts.
If a Lillard trade goes through, Portland can expect to receive valuable young assets that will aid in expediting their reconstruction process.