Maybe the Portland Trail Blazers won’t trade All-Star Damian Lillard to his preferred destination, the Miami Heat, after all, at least if the latest rumors are founded.
In an appearance on NBA Today, ESPN’s Marc Spears said the last he heard, the Blazers are discussing a potential Lillard trade with “several teams.” Spears also said that “another Eastern Conference team” is emerging in trade rumors for Lillard, but Spears wouldn’t name this potential new Eastern suitor just yet.
“The last thing I heard is that the Blazers have been talking to several teams, but I don’t even know if it’s the Blazers, but when you say several teams, that also suggests that they might be willing to send (Lillard) somewhere other than the Miami Heat, which is undoubtedly very curious. It’s one thing for a team to trade for a player that doesn’t want to be there, but to get a top-75 player, that will be professional, but will he really be a happy employee? You want to do that to Dame Lillard? That is the most important question. Who has the guts to do it too? Would they (the Boston Celtics) do it? I’m hearing rumors about another Eastern Conference team that I’m not going to rule out just yet, but wow, if a team is able to trade for Lillard without his blessing, that’s very, very risky, not only for that team, but for the entire team as well. future relationship of a future Hall of Famer with the Blazers.”
Who is this mysterious team? Spears, at least for the moment, is leaving us all guessing, like a good old-fashioned game of Clue: Does anyone else have their money on the Philadelphia 76ers in the studio with the candle?
After several weeks of relative quiet surrounding Lillard trade rumors, things are starting to heat up as the days of training camp and the regular season approach.