“If Damian Lillard Is Traded to a Team Other Than Miami”: Insider Sends Warning to the Other NBA Teams in Blazers Star’s Trade Saga

Published 09/20/2023, 3:18 PM EDT

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The NBA is bursting with excitement as Damian Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers’ talented point guard, seeks a new chapter in his remarkable career through a trade. Lillard’s manager even spoke about his preferred team choice on a public platform. He said that Lillard wanted to be a part of the Miami Heat. However, recent events indicate that other fascinating suitors have entered the picture. This surely is igniting the utmost curiosity and excitement across the league.

But even with new bidders, fresh news has come up about Lillard, which might drive away the new bidders.

The trade talks surrounding Damian Lillard


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Before diving into the current trade rumors, it’s important to acknowledge Lillard’s basketball brilliance. Lillard received his sixth All-Star selection after an amazing 2022-23 season in which he averaged 32.2 points, 7.3 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game. This output makes him a valuable addition to any club capable of propelling them to championship contention. Damian initially stated his interest in joining the Miami Heat, noting their ability to compete in the Eastern Conference. However, discussions between Trail Blazers and Miami Heat have stalled, due to differences over compensation.


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The Miami Heat’s pursuit of Damian Lillard has hit stumbling blocks, with the Blazers apparently demanding big assets in exchange. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Heat has been requested to “scrounge into every nook and cranny” to match the Blazers’ requests. However, the Heat seems unwilling to deal with key components, complicating the discussions. ESPN’s Marc J. Spears revealed the formation of a “mystery Eastern Conference team” in pursuit of Damian Lillard. While Spears did not reveal the identity of this team, it has sparked conjecture about prospective suitors.

After coming to know about this new development, Lillard has voiced his opinions. According to an NBA insider, “If Damian Lillard is traded to a team other than Miami, he is expected to ask to be traded to the Heat.” 

So after publically talking about his inclination for the team, he did not get the trade he wanted. So, Lillard has taken a step further to warn the other teams who are apparently bidding for him.

Why can’t Lillard choose where he plays?


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Damian Lillard’s trade request has shaken the NBA. The talented point guard has made it quite known that he wants to play for the Miami Heat. But Lillard does not have the option to choose where he goes because he is not a free agent and is under a contract for the next 3 years.

The Miami Heat emerged at the forefront of Lillard’s services from the minute he sought a trade. Lillard’s desire was not only for Miami, but for ONLY Miami. This concentrated ambition has placed both him and the Trail Blazers in a fascinating situation. He now navigates the difficulties of being under contract, wishing for a definite destination.

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While he is not a free agent, his reputation as one of the best players in team history carries a lot of weight. Teams must grant trade requests to prevent setting a precedent in the league, as other players may also demand moves if they fail to reach their desired destinations. This circumstance has the potential to alter the nature of NBA player-team relationships. The NBA is waiting to see if Lillard’s solid desire to wear a Heat jersey will become a reality.


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Written by:

Dhruv Shastry


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Dhruv is an NBA writer at ES with years of playing experience to name. Despite the ankle injury barring him from playing further, he never lost touch with the sport. He loves the swag and the attitude basketball players possess.
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Saumya Khanduja