NBA News: Damian Lillard has established himself as one of the best players in the NBA. For years he has put on highlight after highlight for the Portland Trailblazers. This past season saw him average a career-best 32.2 points per game. Lillard currently holds franchise records for points, points per game, threes made, and free throws made. However, his time with Portland seems to be over as the Super Star has requested a trade.
NBA News: Damian Lillard Officially Requests Trade From The Portland Trailblazers
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has requested a trade and the franchise is expected to work to accommodate him, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.
Lillard has stuck with the franchise that drafted him with the No. 6 pick in the 2012 NBA draft through two years in which Portland did not make the postseason following eight consecutive trips. But after the Blazers opted to use their No. 3 pick in last month’s draft on guard Scott Henderson, the future direction of the franchise was clear.
After the news broke that Lillard wanted to be traded, the news of where he wanted to be traded soon followed.
How Would The Miami Heat Trading For Damian Lillard Impact The Milwaukee Bucks? (NBA News)
Per Shams Charania of The Ahtletic:
The Milwaukee Bucks finished the 2022-23 regular season with the best record in the NBA and the #1 overall seed in the Eastern Conference. However, after a Giannis Antetokounmpo injury and a few poor showings, the Heat eliminated the Bucks in the very first round of the 2023 NBA playoffs. The Heat would eventually lose to the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Finals.
The Heat acquiring Lillard would catapult them to the top of pre-season rankings as far as the Eastern Conference goes. The Bucks seemed to be outmatched by a younger and faster Miami Heat team at times. Lillard would bring a different dynamic to the team that they didn’t have last year, most notably, another elite scorer.
After the Bucks missed out on Bradley Beal (as well), multiple other players have surfaced as possible additions that could help Milwaukee win their second championship in four years. One thing seems likely, however, the Bucks will need to get past the Miami Heat at some point during the 2023-24 season if they want to get back to the promised land.
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