Damian Lillard commerce talks have reportedly picked up because the NBA strikes nearer to the beginning of the season and coaching camp, however that doesn’t essentially imply he can be traded to his most popular vacation spot of Miami.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski believes the Path Blazers are on the lookout for a 3rd group to return in and repair the commerce dilemmas which might be occurring with the Warmth.
Throughout earlier commerce talks between the 2 franchises, it was reported that Miami’s commerce packages weren’t engaging sufficient for Portland.
“However I feel Portland, what they’ve been making an attempt to do, is see how they may put collectively multi-team offers that might get them the belongings that they’d need,” Wojnarowski stated on NBA Immediately. “Draft picks, younger gamers. There is likely to be a group that their greatest asset is a veteran participant that doesn’t curiosity the Blazers, however there’s a 3rd group who may wish to tackle that veteran after which ship whether or not it’s a younger participant or picks partially to Portland. So I feel they’ve been in communication with lots of groups looking for a construction of a deal that may get them a Damian Lillard commerce. We’ll see now how a lot traction they’ll get between now and the beginning of camp.”
Nevertheless, one other NBA insider, Chris Mannix, believes that if a deal can’t be carried out between Miami and Portland, that OKC are a darkish horse to bag Lillard if a commerce doesn’t get carried out between now and the beginning of the season on October 24.
“Belief me, I wrote this final week,” Mannix stated on The Crossover NBA Present. “I imagine I’m going to name this an informed opinion. That if Dame remains to be on that Blazers roster in January. And if OKC is overachieving. In the event that they’re enjoying very well, don’t be stunned in the event that they exit and make a run at Lillard.”
The Thunder are a brilliant younger group that might actually profit from a veteran steering the ship, however it’s arduous to see them giving up prospects like Josh Giddey or Canada’s Shai Gilgeous Alexander.
But when they’ll one way or the other handle to carry onto their core and solely surrender future draft picks for Lillard, then that will surely make extra sense and the group would immediately be elevated into the championship dialog.
OKC even have rookie Chet Holmgren, who missed out on his whole first season within the NBA on account of harm, so there are thrilling issues occurring in Oklahoma.
Throw Damian Lillard into the combo and you’d have a scary OKC group that’s certain to go effectively past final season’s ninth seed end.