The Milwaukee Bucks could potentially form a formidable pair with Damian Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Speculation surrounding the discontent of Damian Lillard, star of the Portland Trail Blazers, continues to swirl, and this time, it seems that the Milwaukee Bucks have emerged as one of the latest teams’ expressing interest in acquiring the 7 time All-Star guard.
As per the well-regarded NBA insider Marc Spears, the Bucks are one of several teams that Portland has engaged in discussions with regarding a potential trade for their long-standing star player.
With the commencement of training camp just a few days away, the Blazers seem determined to secure a suitable deal for Lillard.
Despite Lillard’s expressed desire to be traded to the Miami Heat, the Blazers’ front office is focused on obtaining the right package to facilitate a rebuild centered around their young talents, specifically Anfernee Simons, Shaedon Sharpe, and Scoot Henderson.
Damian Lillard casually hits near half court shot vs Bucks
— Just Fun (@JustFunTop) February 7, 2023
Beyond this report, there is no clear indication of the Bucks’ level of commitment to pursuing Lillard. Such a move would necessitate a substantial offering of draft picks and/or players, not to mention addressing Milwaukee’s salary cap constraints.
Nevertheless, acquiring a player of Lillard’s caliber would underscore Milwaukee’s strong ambition to contend for an NBA championship, if not more, in the upcoming seasons.
Spears further disclosed that the Toronto Raptors appear to be the leading contender in the race to acquire Dame. He revealed conversations with some team executives who suggested that the Raptors may finally execute the long-anticipated trade for the seven-time All-Star.
This from Marc Spears was noteworthy too:
– Toronto looks like the hottest Dame team because everything else is so quiet
– Blazers like Gradey Dick a lot
– 2 GMs expect Dame will be out of Portland by Media Day, those same GMs predict Dame will be a Raptor pic.twitter.com/HINpOQfrib
— Vivek Jacob (@vivekmjacob) September 25, 2023
Armed with a wealth of valuable assets, including All-Star Pascal Siakam, versatile wingman OG Anunoby, and sharpshooter Gary Trent Jr., the Raptors seem poised to assemble a blockbuster package to secure Lillard’s services.