Who exactly will the Heat have to give up to get Dame Lillard?
Over the past few weeks, Miami Heat fans have eagerly anticipated how their team would bolster their roster in the offseason following their disappointing NBA Finals loss.
After being outmatched by the Denver Nuggets, it was evident that the Heat needed another star player to complement Jimmy Butler. Throughout the offseason, the Heat have been linked to several stars who could fill this void and help them remain a strong contender.
Initially, Bradley Beal was mentioned as a potential addition, but the Heat had their sights set on another star: Damian Lillard.
However, there was a significant obstacle preventing this trade from happening – the Portland Trail Blazers were unwilling to part ways with Lillard, and he hadn’t requested a trade.
However, things took a turn today.
After the Blazers failed to assemble a championship-caliber team through trading their 3rd pick in the draft or signing impactful players, Lillard finally expressed his desire to be traded. In response to his trade request, the Miami Heat emerged as one of the potential destinations for Lillard.
It appears that the Heat are ready to offer the Blazers an enticing package, which includes Tyler Herro, draft picks, and possibly Duncan Robinson.
Sources: How the Miami Heat are approaching a trade for Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard. https://t.co/vN3GaZExZh
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The inclusion of Herro in the deal puts the Heat in a strong position against other interested teams. At just 23 years old, Herro is already a 20-point-per-game scorer, making him a valuable asset. Other potential suitors for Lillard, like the Brooklyn Nets, lack a player of Herro’s caliber and enticing draft picks to offer in return.
If the trade goes through, Herro and the promising young prospect Scoot Henderson could form an intriguing backcourt for the Blazers in the years to come. Given the reported offer, it seems only a matter of time before the Miami Heat successfully acquire Damian Lillard.