Top 3 Destinations for Damian Lillard this Offseason if He Makes a Trade Request

Published 06/28/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – MAY 12: Damian Lillard (0) of the Portland Trail Blazers prepares to resume action against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter on Sunday, May 12, 2019. The Denver Nuggets versus the Portland Trail Blazers in game seven of the teams’ second round NBA playoff series at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The Denver Nuggets eliminated the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the NBA playoffs in six games. This has left a huge question about Damian Lillard’s future with the franchise after an Instagram post he put up following Portland’s exit. Damian Lillard averaged 34.3 points and 10.2 assists while shooting 44.9% from deep, but he still ended up on the losing side.

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Since being drafted in 2012, Dame, along with the Trail Blazers, has only made it to the Western Conference finals once in 2019, where they got swept by the Golden State Warriors. He is one of the few players in the NBA who has remained loyal to one organization. However, after their first-round exit, Lillard may be open to leaving and joining a competitive team where he can win. Here are the top three destinations for Dame.

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New York Knicks

The Knicks are one team that can land Damian Lillard this off-season. After a successful season, the Knicks will be looking to strengthen their roster, and the addition of Damian Lillard will suit them perfectly. The Knicks have the most cap space and can add new players in this off-season.

Damian Lillard will get to play with a talented young core in New York. He can provide the necessary leadership this organization needs which was evident in their playoff battle against the Hawks. The Knicks will have to offer multiple draft picks, and players like Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickley, and Mitchell Robinson to land the six-time All-Star.

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

Miami Heat

The Heat are in desperate need of an offensive player and Lillard would serve the purpose. If Miami can land Dame, it will allow Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler to focus on defense with Dame becoming the first option scorer for them. They also have veteran Goran Dragic who has proved to be their lead scorer on more than a few occasions.

However, it will be extremely difficult for them to land Lillard. The Heat do not have enough draft assets, with OKC owning their 2021 and 2023 first-round picks. Also, they will have to give up Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson to acquire the 30-year-old from Portland.

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks had one of the most interesting battles of these playoffs with the Clippers, where they went seven games and lost at Staples. Even though it went to Game 7, Luka Doncic was the lone warrior for the Mavericks with Porzingis failing to meet expectations, averaging 13 points and 5.4 rebounds.

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DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 4: Damian Lillard (0) of the Portland Trail Blazers stands on the court after being introduced against the Denver Nuggets before the first quarter on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The Mavericks can trade for Dame by offering Kristaps Porzingis and their 2022 and 2025 first-round picks to Portland. Luka and Lillard will provide the offensive boost the Mavericks require to achieve success.

It will be interesting to see if Damian Lillard will request a trade and if so, which team will land the six-time All-Star.

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