Portland Faces a 7-Day Dilemma for the Damian Lillard Trade, While Raptors Emerging as a Legitimate Threat to Miami

Published 09/25/2023, 8:55 AM EDT

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The Portland Trail Blazers are in a sticky situation as of now. Damian Lillard has still not been traded, with only seven days left till the Blazers’ media duty. The Blazers don’t want to start their new era on an awkward note. So the front office is making frantic calls around the league to trade away their former franchise cornerstone. Dame has made his preferences clear to the front office. But it looks like another team might also be in the running for his signature.

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A former ESPN reporter suggested that one other franchise could be a serious threat to the Miami Heat.

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Blazers have their media duties on 2nd of October, which is only seven days away. The franchise wants to start rebuilding positively, and having Dame at media duty could create an unpleasant experience for everyone.

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The Damian Lillard trade saga must be resolved quickly because if it lingers on, then it could hamper the Blazers’ preparation for the season. Dame has to play for the Blazers if not traded because the league would penalize any franchises that rest their star players.

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For most of the summer, the Miami Heat were the only interested team and Dame’s preferred destination. But according to NBA reporter Mark Stein, Toronto Raptors have become a serious contender in the Damian Lillard sweepstakes.

The Raptors are seriously interested in Dame, and this could be an enormous setback for the Heat. But the uncertainty surrounding Raptors’ interest is Dame’s willingness to join them. He has made it very clear that his preferred destination is South Beach.

League insiders also believe that Dame remains resistant to the idea of him becoming a Raptor.

The Clock is Ticking

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There is very little time left till the start of the season and the clock is ticking for all parties involved. The Miami Heat have tested the patience of the Blazers’ front office and Raptors’ late interest in Dame might prove to be a hammer-blow.

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The Blazers need to show urgency in order to start their preseason training positively. Scoot Henderson is a terrific young player, but the Blazers must create an environment where he can learn and grow as a player.

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Dame’s trade situation is very vague as of now and some clarity would do a world of good for all parties. The only question is, where would Dame end up now?

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Dushyant Singh

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Dushyant Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. His basketball script journey began in 2020 when he was captivated by the Los Angeles Lakers’ triumphant NBA championship win. Before that he was merely dribbling and dunking as a boy next door.
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