One of the most talked about players this NBA offseason has been Portland Trail Blazers seven-time All-Star guard Damian Lillard.
But with the Blazers seemingly stuck in neutral and undergoing a rebuild, Lillard asked for a trade. Reports say if a trade happens, it could come before Monday.
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The Miami Heat were considered the heavy favorite to acquire Lillard, who expressed an interest in taking his talents to South Beach.
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FOX Sports’ Skip Bayless said on his “Undisputed” show that he’s talked to Lillard about his situation.
“I believe from the start, that deep, deep down, in his heart of hearts, he doesn’t really want to be traded out of Portland,” Bayless said.
“It’s really a great place to live, albeit a very small pond and he is a very big fish in a very small pond. But I don’t think Portland management really wants to give up on him because he’s still really all they have to sell, even though they have some nice young pieces. …
“So it feels like, to me from a distance, there might be a lot of sword rattling just to play to Dame’s pride and his ego to say, ‘OK, we’ll try to do this for you’ but deep down management doesn’t really want anything to work so they’re playing hard to get, hoping that this all blows over and Dame finally sits back at age 33 and says, ‘You know what? I’ll just be a Blazer for life’ and then you see if you can continue to build around him and hope something detonates.”
Despite Lillard’s brilliance, the Trail Blazers last made the playoffs in 2021.
Lillard, 33, was voted to the All-NBA first team in 2018. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was named to the league’s 75th Anniversary Team in 2021.
To prove there’s still plenty of mileage left on his tires, he won the 3-point contest at the All-Star Weekend in February and averaged a career-best 32.2 points per game last season.
So where will Lillard end up playing this season? Stay tuned to FOX Sports for all the latest news in sports.
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