Damian Lillard had decided in recent weeks to give the Portland Trail Blazers, waiting for free agency before choosing whether or not to ask for a trade. Over the years, Dame has become a symbol of loyalty in the NBA, as even in difficulties so far he had not moved. But after Portland, on the first day of the market, merely confirmed Jerami Grant among others with a very heavy contract ($160 million over 5 years), Lillard asked to be traded.
Not just any divestment: Lillard has given his preference, already talked about in recent days, to the Miami Heat. The Florida franchise, fresh from the Finals loss to Denver, will not be the only possible destination: the final word obviously rests with Portland, and Lillard has a contract until 2025, although the 2024-25 season is a Player Option (albeit $48.7 million). Other possible interested teams are Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Heat, Clippers and 76ers are three teams that will have interest in exploring trades for Lillard, sources tell ESPN. The Blazers are expected to value deals that would bring them back young players and draft assets. https://t.co/5KM6EF4RRT
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2023