Milwaukee Bucks news: There are more than a few reasons as to why Damian Lillard’s initial desire to join the Miami Heat never came to fruition. The most significant one, however, has to be the fact that the Portland Trail Blazers just didn’t like what Miami had on the table in terms of their trade offer.
Tyler Herro Speaks Out on Damian Lillard’s Trade to Milwaukee Bucks
In the end, the Bucks got their man. While there was no public declaration of their disappointment over their failed move, you can be sure that the Heat have to be feeling frustrated about losing the race for the seven-time All-Star.
According to reports, former Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro was the centerpiece of Miami’s initial offer. The problem is that the Blazers did not want him, so a third team reportedly had to be involved to make a potential deal work. Nothing materialized on that front.
Herro has now broken his silence about this botched trade and he did not hold back in shading the Blazers for their reported unwillingness to take him on board:
“I didn’t want to go to Portland, so I’m glad Portland didn’t want me,” he said, via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I just don’t want to be in Portland. So it’s not personal with Portland, at all.
“I’m just happy to be on the court. I haven’t played since April. I broke my hand and I haven’t played since then, so I’m ready to play.”
Regardless of the fact that Miami lost Herro very early on in the playoffs this past season, they were still able to go all the way to the NBA Finals. This has led some folks to wonder if the Heat really need the 23-year-old on their roster in the first place.
Tyler Herro is having none of that slander.
“I mean, I don’t really know what changed,” he said. “I got hurt and obviously we went on a run. So I don’t know if that changed people’s perspectives on the way that I play or my value. Nothing has changed. I haven’t gotten any worse. I’ve only gotten better, older, more experienced.
“And our team didn’t get better without me, we just started shooting better and making shots. We didn’t make shots all year. And I’m the best shooter on the team. So I don’t think with me sitting out affected our shooting percentage. I just think we started making shots.”
Tyler Herro Speaks Out on ‘Revenge Tour’
Right now, there’s no denying that Herro has a point to prove this coming season. Be that as it may, the former Kentucky standout is staying even-keeled:
“I don’t think it’s a revenge tour at all,” he said. “It’s just a regular season. I’m just motivated to come back. I haven’t played in a while, so I’m just excited to be back.”
Herro is well aware of what he’s capable of and what he brings to the table for Miami. It’s just that some folks may have forgotten about these facts. Nevertheless, Herro will be out there to just do what he does best, without letting the outside noise distract him.
“I’m just going to be myself, play my game, and be myself,” Herro said. “I’m not looking for approval from anybody.”
“… I know my game and I’m going to play it, and that’s really it at the end of the day. I don’t care what anybody says. I’m ready to play.”
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