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As Adam Silver’s Office Sends Stern Warning, $2,100,000,000 Worth NBA Franchise Breaks Silence Over Damian Lillard

Published 07/29/2023, 6:50 AM EDT

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The Damian Lillard trade saga is reaching its climax as reports are coming that he is likely to be traded before the season. Ever since this news, interesting developments have taken place. The league office, under the leadership of Commissioner Adam Silver, has issued a stern warning to Lillard. This is coming after Dame publicly commented about his potential trade with Miami

Meanwhile, the Blazers valued at a staggering $2.1 billion have finally ended their nonchalance over their star player. Lillard has been the franchise’s face for years and his performance throughout has been remarkable.

Blazers break silence over Damian Lillard

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Blazers General Manager Joe Cronin has expressed regret over not finding suitable deals to build a championship-contending team around Damian Lillard. I failed Dame,” Cronin stated, acknowledging that he could not assemble the right pieces needed for success.

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It was evident that the tension was building due to repeated playoff disappointments in recent years. Despite consistently putting up impressive performances individually, including multiple All-Star appearances and clutch game-winning shots, Lillard could not reach an NBA Finals series with Portland.

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Dame’s desire to compete for an NBA championship is well-documented. Despite his loyalty to the Blazers franchise throughout his career, he has openly expressed frustration with the team’s inability. Dame’s success and disappointment with the team have come full circle with Cronin’s regret. 

Meanwhile NBA issues warning to Dame

After the trade request from Blazers, Dame has publicly acknowledged his desire to play with the Miami Heat. The NBA community was full of rumors and excitement. However, the NBA has taken a strong note of Lillard’s recent comments. 

The league informed Dame and his agent that any future public statements about his desire to join the Heat could result in disciplinary action. 

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According to sources close to Shams Charania of The Athletic, this move by Silver’s office aims at maintaining integrity within the league while preventing any undue influence or tampering from impacting players’ contractual obligations with their respective teams. The league’s stance emphasizes that public statements regarding trade desires should be handled privately between players, agents, and team officials.

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Amid all this, the Heat have emerged as a potential destination due to their recent track record of success under Coach Erik Spoelstra. With two Finals appearances in the past six seasons, Miami indeed presents an attractive opportunity for a player like Lillard who craves championship contention.

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Chetan Kumar

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Chetan is an NBA content writer at Essentially Sports. Being an active basketball player since his school days, he has always been a dedicated follower of the NBA. His passion for the game has drove him to pursue a career in sports journalism.
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Bilal Handoo