‘More Like 34′ – Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic Dismisses New York Knicks’ Rumored Attempt To Aquire Damian Lillard

Published 05/02/2021, 6:15 AM EDT
Mar 16, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) celebrate with teammates after a 125-124 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports


Damian Lillard is one of the biggest stars in the NBA today. The Portland Trail Blazers guard has been one of the best performing players in the league. Many fans and analysts have called Dame the most clutch player in the NBA. Lillard lives up to this reputation, making big shots in the dying moments of a game regularly. But fans question why Lillard doesn’t move to a bigger market. And if rumors are to be believed, the Knicks are going to give him a chance.

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Nurkic slams Lillard-t0-Knicks rumors

According to rumors, the New York Knicks are looking to trade players and picks to bring in Damian Lillard. The Knicks do not want to give up some young stars but are willing to part with several picks. Portland Trail Blazers star Jusuf Nurkic took to Twitter to poke fun at the rumors. He suggested that the New York Knicks give the Trail Blazers’ 34 picks in exchange for Lillard.

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Damian Lillard has been one of the best players for the Portland Trail Blazers in recent memory. Since joining the NBA, Lillard has been excellent. He won the Rookie of the Year for his phenomenal season. Since then, Lillard has built his reputation as one of the most clutch stars in the league. Lillard has made several incredible last-second shots to help the Trail Blazers get big wins. His iconic half-court shot in the 2019 playoffs against OKC.

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For the season, Lillard has been putting up fantastic numbers. Currently, Lillard is averaging 28 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds. Because of his performances, Lillard has earned MVP considerations this season. Due to injuries to other stars, Lillard’s MVP stock went up. But he probably will not be able to win the title, because of how well Nikola Jokic has been playing this season.

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Jan 24, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots over New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) and guard Alec Burks (18) during the first quarter at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports
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Fans have been hoping that Damian Lillard moves from Portland to play for a bigger market. Despite being a strong team, the Trail Blazers do not have enough in their domestic market to help lure bigger names to the franchise. Therefore, Lillard will not be able to win an NBA championship, unless something changes. Given how well the Knicks have played this year, and a change in the culture, they will hope that they can finally lure a big franchise star to their team.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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