Could the Charlotte Hornets step in and help the Miami Heat facilitate a trade for Damian Lillard? As we all know, this has been a long NBA offseason filled with trade rumors regarding the Portland Trail Blazers star leaving his team and joining the Miami Heat. Although he has been loyal to the Blazers for more than a decade, Lillard caused quite a commotion among the NBA media by making his desire to join the Miami Heat public.
While Dame has certainly done enough for the Blazers to deserve choosing his next team, no trade has materialized as of this moment. Several reports have revealed that the Blazers are simply not interested in the package that the Heat have to offer them in return for Lillard.
Although trade discussions have come to a standstill at the moment, it is still the public’s opinion that trade is inevitable and only a matter of time. After all, the Heat could bring a third team into the deal and sweeten it up for the Blazers. That is where the Charlotte Hornets come in. With that being said, let us take a closer look and find out more.
Will the Charlotte Hornets enter a three-team deal with the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers?
Despite the fact that no star on the roster has requested a trade, this has been quite a dramatic offseason for the Charlotte Hornets. Fans will be able to recall that Michael Jordan recently sold his majority stake in the franchise and is no longer the owner of the Hornets. Therefore, it is quite possible for the new owners to decide to bring about some change or improve their relationships with other teams by engaging in this trade.
According to recent reports from unknown sources, “The Charlotte Hornets are quickly emerging as the potential third team in a Damian Lillard to Miami trade. Hornets have their eyes set on Tyler Herro to pair with LaMelo Ball.”
— NBATradeReport (@NBATradeReport) September 18, 2023
This certainly makes sense in theory. Even though the Blazers are not interested in acquiring Tyler Herro, the Hornets likely wouldn’t mind bringing on the young Heat star to their roster. In return, they could give up other players and future draft picks, which would end up going to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Upon hearing this news, Hornets fans raised concerns as to whether Herro and Ball would be a good backcourt for their team. After all, neither one is known for defensive abilities and both players have shown to have injury history in their respective careers. In any case, fans are looking forward to seeing if the Hornets, or any other team, will enter this deal and help the Heat acquire Lillard from the Blazers.