Damian Lillard, the star point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, has made his desire to be traded from the team clear more than two months ago. However, trade talks between Lillard and the Blazers have hit a standstill, with neither side willing to budge. Lillard is eager to force his way out, while Blazers’ general manager Joe Cronin is determined to secure the best possible deal in return.
As the trade rumors continue to swirl, it seems that the Miami Heat and 28 other NBA teams could potentially be trade partners for Lillard. In fact, ESPN’s NBA experts recently took on the role of general managers for the Heat and three other teams, crafting trade proposals for Lillard.
The Heat’s proposed trade package includes not only Lillard but also his Blazers teammate Jusuf Nurkic being acquired by Miami. In return, the Blazers would receive a package headlined by promising young guard Tyler Herro and seasoned veteran Kyle Lowry. Additionally, the deal would involve the Heat sending Jaime Jaquez Jr., Nikola Jokic, first-round picks in 2027 and 2029, as well as first-round swap rights in 2028 and 2030 to the Blazers.
According to ESPN’s front office insider Bobby Marks, this trade proposal to the Heat is the only one that truly makes sense. Marks argues that the suggested deal would provide the Blazers with both immediate contributors in Herro and Lowry, as well as future assets through the first-round picks and swap rights.
With trade discussions still ongoing and no resolution in sight, fans and analysts alike eagerly await the outcome of Lillard’s situation. As a perennial All-Star and one of the most dynamic scorers in the NBA, Lillard’s potential trade could have significant implications for both the Trail Blazers and the team he ultimately ends up with.
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