Is Damian Lillard Playing Tonight? When Will NBA Top-75 Guard Make His Bucks Debut?

Published 10/08/2023, 11:00 AM EDT

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The NBA world was in shock recently because of Damian Lillard‘s trade. The 33-year-old was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. However, he also has some internal issues going on in his life currently. It was recently made public that Lillard has filed for divorce from his wife of 2 years.

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Since he has changed teams for the first time in his career, the Bucks fans will be desperately waiting to witness Dame Time. Now that the Bucks are going on to have their first preseason game, will Lillard mark his presence or will the wait be prolonged?

Will the Bucks see Damian Lillard in action today?

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Lillard was with the Portland Trail Blazers after being 1st round, 6th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. Although he couldn’t secure an NBA championship in that tenure, Dame’s impact on the franchise can’t be diminished. He made seven All-Star appearances and won Rookie of The Year in 2013.

However, he wasn’t happy at the club and wanted a trade for some time. Initially, it was all about his move to the Miami Heat. Fans were almost convinced that it was bound to happen this year. However, Lillard had other plans and hence shocked the hoop community with a move to Milwaukee.

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The 7x All-Star showed great enthusiasm over joining forces with Giannis Antetokounmpo. With the fans giving him a warm welcome at his new home, Lillard’s debut for Milwaukee garners even more anticipation. The teams have lined up for preseason games in Abu Dhabi and we’re seeing interesting combinations being tried out. Unfortunately, the Bucks fans will not get to witness Dame Time in their signature white and green against the Chicago Bulls. While it is still unclear as to how long the wait is going to be, Bucks fans can only hope for the best as the season approaches.

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What were Damian Lillard’s thoughts on the trade?

Turns out, Lillard isn’t so different from all of us, as the trade surprised him too. “I knew it was a possibility. I just didn’t think it was actually going to happen. So when it did I wasn’t fully surprised, but it wasn’t what I thought that call was going to be,” he said about the trade. Moreover, the 33-year-old star was overwhelmed by the reception from the Bucks fans.

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Now that the Bucks have assembled their super team for the season, it will be interesting to see how the Greek Freak and Dame Time bounce off of one another.

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Prateek Singh

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Prateek Singh is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports, known for his insightful coverage of the league. With a deep passion for basketball fueled by the late Kobe Bryant's championship runs, Prateek has built his writing career on astute analysis and a firm understanding of the game. His transparent reporting and dedication to providing quality content have earned him credibility and respect among readers and industry professionals alike.
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