76ers, Blazers Have Talked About Damian Lillard Trade

Damian Lillard, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA Trade Rumors
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The Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers have talked about a Damian Lillard trade, according to NBA insider Kyle Neubeck. Lillard has requested a trade from the Blazers and wants to get traded to the Miami Heat.

However, the Blazers can trade Lillard anywhere since the superstar doesn’t have a no-trade clause in his contract.

The Sixers have shown “no inclination” to include Tyrese Maxey in a trade for Lillard, according to ESPN’s NBA front-office insider Bobby Marks. Maxey is one of the top young players in the NBA. He averaged 20.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season for the Sixers while shooting 48.1% from the field, 43.4% from beyond the arc and 84.5% from the free-throw line.

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In the 2023 playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics, Maxey put up 20.5 points, 4.8 boards and 2.3 assists per game. The Sixers lost to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in seven games despite having a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Doc Rivers was fired as head coach and replaced by former Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse.

Maxey has career NBA averages of 15.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He was the 21st overall pick in the 2020 draft and has turned into a fan favorite in Philadelphia.

The Sixers are currently dealing with James Harden’s trade request. Philadelphia agreed to search out a trade upon Harden’s request after the talented guard picked up his $35.6 million player option for next season in June.

However, the Sixers’ asking price for Harden was steep and no teams were willing or able to meet it. In 58 games last season, Harden averaged 21.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists while shooting 44.1% from the field, 38.5% from 3 and 86.7% from the free-throw line. He led the NBA in assists per game for the second time in his career.

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Lillard averaged 32.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists for the Blazers last season. He wants to get traded to the Heat, but the Blazers and Heat haven’t made any progress on a trade.

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