With $3.1 Billion Team Leading the Race to Land Damian Lillard, Marc Spears Puts 7-day Deadline on 7x All-Star’s Time in Portland

Published 09/25/2023, 11:31 PM EDT

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The colorful NBA off-season looks all set to come to an end after a stretch of controversial events. One of them was the future of Damian Lillard in the city of Portland with a $3.1 billion team showing interest. Amidst the uncertainties, Marc Spears put a 7-day deadline on the head of the 7-time All-Star.

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The words from the NBA personality stirred more arguments around the ongoing situation. With no clarity over Dame’s future yet, the league could enter a chaotic few days following the claim.

What did Marc Spears say about the situation of Damian Lillard?

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The Portland Trail Blazers superstar has failed to resolve his NBA future despite interest from the Miami Heat. After months of negotiations, the Eastern Conference side is yet to reach a conclusion on the potential trade. In the midst of it, another team from the conference, the Toronto Raptors, has entered the race to acquire Damian.

Reflecting on the current scenario, Marc revealed insights into the drama in the latest episode of NBA Today. The writer mentioned that there “really isn’t anything imminent at this point,” while talking about the Raptors’ situation. “There has been a lot of conversations,” Spears stated, indicating that Miami was leading the competition.

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He expressed his doubts about the possibility of Lillard going to Toronto, saying, “Will Damian Lillard be happy about going there?”. Despite the concerns, he identified one person as the key factor behind the decision. Masai Ujiri, the president of the Canadian franchise, might “take a chance” as he was “not scared” of the outcome.

“He has the power to do it in Toronto,” Marc mentioned, sending a warning to the Heat. All in all, Spears was clear about the former Rookie of the Year leaving his team within 7 days. “They don’t expect Dame to end up being in Portland on media day on Monday,” he said, putting an expiration date to Dame’s time in Portland. This put forward an exciting two-horse race as the anticipation raises to temperature around the league.

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Which team will land him?

The Heat definitely comes across as a better destination if we take consistency into consideration. At the same time, the Raptors offer the chance to the point guard to remain the face of a franchise.

The 2019 champions have shocked many in the past with their endeavors from time to time. So, their approach to Dame is no surprise, as they must feel confident in their chances.

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As the questions and mockup scenarios take precedence, the supporters of the game of basketball wait patiently. Which team do you believe Lillard should join? Let us know in the comments below.

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