Heat Land Blazers’ Damian Lillard In This Perfect Trade

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One NBA writer has come up with a blockbuster trade involving the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers. Mark Nilon of ClutchPoints proposed that the Heat send Tyler Herro, Caleb Martin, Nikola Jovic, Victor Oladipo and multiple draft picks to the Blazers for Damian Lillard.

Lillard recently said he would like to get traded to the Heat or Brooklyn Nets if the Blazers decided to move him.

“Damian Lillard’s arrival in South Beach would automatically create the league’s newest and perhaps the most ferocious Big 3 consisting of him, Jimmy Butler, and Bam Adebayo,” Nilon wrote. “Without a true third-star in the mix, the Heat have managed to make history as being just the second eighth seed to clinch an NBA Finals berth, and have already gone on to steal a game whilst on the road against the heavily favored Denver Nuggets.

“Imagine if they added Lillard and his 2022-23 averages of 32.2 points, 7.3 assists, and 4.8 rebounds on 46.3% shooting from the floor and 37.1% shooting from deep into this mix?”

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers & Miami Heat Updates

The Heat are down 3-1 to the Denver Nuggets in the 2023 NBA Finals. The series has shown that Miami needs a true superstar like Lillard to win the championship. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are terrific players, but they can’t be the first and second options on a title team.

Lillard signed a two-year, $121.8 million extension with the Blazers in July 2019. He has a close relationship with Adebayo, which is why he listed the Heat as a team he would like to get traded to. Dame averaged 32.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists this season for the Blazers.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers & Miami Heat Updates

It will be interesting to see if the Heat try to trade for Lillard this offseason. As we all know, Pat Riley loves to make bold moves. Miami is on the verge of being 0-3 in its last three NBA Finals. The Heat lost the 2014 Finals to the San Antonio Spurs and the 2020 Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.

All signs point toward the Nuggets winning the title this year since they are up 3-1. ‘

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