As the NBA season draws near there is increasing speculation about Damian Lillard’s departure from the Portland Trail Blazers. Despite the warnings from Lillard’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, it seems that many teams are interested in acquiring the point guard. This trade has the potential to be one of the biggest of the year.
For months now it has been an open secret in the NBA world that the Miami Heat is actively pursuing Damian Lillard. However recent developments shared by NBA insider Sam Amico reveal that Miami is not alone in their interest. Other teams have also expressed their desire to acquire Lillard with some willing to act as a third-party facilitator to make the trade happen.
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“Despite being warned by Lillard’s agent to stay away, several teams beyond just the Heat have considered trading for him, sources told Hoops Wire,” NBA insider Sam Amico wrote. “Several others have offered to act as a third-team facilitator.”
Lillard had a great performance during the 2022-23 season averaging 32.2 points 4.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. He is highly sought after in the league.
Damian Lillard’s exceptional performance last season earned him his seventh All-Star appearance and a spot on the All-NBA Third Team. Unfortunately, despite his efforts the Trail Blazers fell short of making it to the playoffs. Ended the season with a disappointing 33-49 record in the Western Conference.
Damian Lillard’s illustrious journey and what lies ahead
Selected as the sixth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft Damian Lillard has been an integral part of the Portland Trail Blazers for over a decade. His basketball career took off when he played for Weber State University, where he became well-known during his four-season stint.
During his senior year at Weber State Lillard showcased his skills on the court by averaging 24.5 points 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Despite these achievements, it was unfortunate that the Wildcats narrowly missed out on participating in the NCAA tournament.
With rumors swirling around about trades involving Lillard, both fans and analysts are eagerly anticipating where he might end up playing next. If such a trade occurs it would undoubtedly have an impact, on the league’s power dynamics.
Furthermore, fans of the Miami Heat are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the seven-time All-Star, on their team. However, it appears that the competition for his services is quite tough. With the arrival of the 2023-24 NBA season, all eyes will be, on Lillard’s destination.