NBA Trade Rumors: Damian Lillard Expected To Request Trade To Heat If Blazers Trade Him To Another Team

Damian Lillard Expected To Request Trade To Heat If Blazers Trade Him To Another Team

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat, NBA trade rumors
NBA Analysis Network

If the Portland Trail Blazers trade Damian Lillard to a team other than the Miami Heat, the seven-time All-Star is expected to ask his new team to trade him to the Heat, according to NBA insiders Barry Jackson and Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.

The Blazers continue to be reluctant to engage the Heat in serious talks for Lillard, who only wants to play for Miami. Portland has been aggressive in pursuing multi-team Lillard trade scenarios, according to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

“Portland is trying to put together a number of multi-team scenarios to see if they can get the assets back that they want in a trade for Damian Lillard,” Wojnarowski said. “They have been more aggressive here in the last few weeks only because the league started up again. Labor Day comes, teams are engaging again. I do think they’re engaging. The question is do they find a deal here in the next couple of weeks or do they have to bring Lillard back to camp?”

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

Lillard is close friends with Heat center Bam Adebayo and believes he can win an NBA championship in Miami playing alongside Jimmy Butler and Adebayo. The Heat have been working on a trade package for Lillard of expiring contracts, three to four first-round picks and one of the team’s younger players, with Tyler Herro going to a third team. The deal could potentially also involve second-rounders and draft pick swaps.

Lillard requested to be traded from the Blazers to only the Heat on July 1. He has spent all 11 seasons of his NBA career with Portland, which selected him with the sixth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The Blazers finished 33-49 and 13th in the Western Conference last season.

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

Lillard averaged 32.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists last season for the Blazers. He will make $46.6 million next season. The future Hall of Famer signed a two-year, $121.8 million extension with Portland in July 2022.

Want the latest NBA analysis, breaking news, and insider information? Click Here. Follow NBA Analysis Network on Twitter and Facebook.

How Celtics Took Commanding 3-0 NBA Finals Lead Over Mavs

The Boston Celtics fended off a furious Dallas Mavericks rally, securing a 106-99 victory on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the NBA

Knicks Could Replace Isaiah Hartenstein With This Former Champion

Happy days are seemingly here again for the New York Knicks and their fans after they were forced to sift through the wilderness for at

New York Knicks Urged To Pursue Intriguing Sharpshooter Trade

The New York Knicks exceeded the expectations of most people this NBA season by finishing with the second seed in the Eastern Conference and coming