Damian Lillard is a part of the Milwaukee Bucks following the blockbuster three-team trade involving the Portland Trail Blazers and the Phoenix Suns.
While Lillard had expressed initially that he wanted to be traded to Miami, once his agent told him it probably wouldn’t happen, he had to set his mind on somewhere else. His agent had even expressed to him how Milwaukee might be a better fit for him basketball wise if he wanted to get adequate playing time this season. Though a little skeptical at first, coming to Milwaukee might’ve been the smartest move for Lillard in order to have a successful season.
Ex-NBA Enforcer believes the Bucks are the right team for Lillard
Former NBA Enforcer Matt Barnes said that he thinks that Lillard is in the right place and that he’s excited to see him team up with Giannis Antetokounmpo to be a powerhouse on the court and win another NBA title for Milwaukee.
The “All The Smoke” podcast host was asked by a member of TMZ at the 5th Annual KiKi Shepard Celebrity Golf Classic last week about the Lillard trade and him ending up in Milwaukee.
“I’m excited for Dame,” Barnes said. “Obviously he wanted to go to Miami. That didn’t happen, but for him to have the opportunity to win, I think is the key and the goal and him teaming up with Giannis is definitely gonna give him a great opportunity to win a championship.”
Barnes also mentioned that Lillard has a higher chance at actually winning a championship with Milwaukee compared to the Heat. The Milwaukee Bucks last won the NBA title in 2021, but were actually a first round leave after losing to the Miami Heat, who have made the NBA finals twice since the 2020 season.
The Bucks will host the Heat at Fiserv Forum on Oct. 31 for what could be a Deja vu moment from last year’s playoffs.
According to CBS Sports, the Bucks are a favorite to win the NBA Finals, especially after the Lillard trade was made. For you sports betting fans, the Bucks have the most favorable odds at +375, while the reigning NBA champion Denver Nuggets are at second-best with a +425. Right behind them are the Boston Celtics (+500), Phoenix Suns (+550) and the Golden State Warriors (+1000).