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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Disapproves of Lillard and Harden Trade Requests

During this offseason, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers, both prominent point guards in the NBA, have made trade requests from their teams.

However, as of now, neither of these requests has been fulfilled, sparking discussions about the implications of such trade demands in the league.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has voiced his disapproval, emphasizing his desire for players and teams to adhere to their contractual commitments.

Adam Silver expressed his disapproval of trade requests made by players like Harden and Lillard, stating that he prefers both players and teams to uphold their contractual obligations.

He also mentioned that he is closely monitoring the situations in Portland and Philadelphia, hoping for satisfactory resolutions, and he’s relieved to see a reduction in public discussions on the matter.

“Don’t like them, as a league,” he said regarding Harden’s and Lillard’s trade requests. “I want players and teams to both honor their contracts. I’m watching everything going on in Portland and Philadelphia and hoping they get resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. I’m glad it seems to have calmed down as far as public discourse.”

Although Damian Lillard is contractually tied to the Trail Blazers until at least the 2025-26 season, with a player option for 2026-27, he is actively seeking to leave Portland.

Similarly, James Harden opted into his contract with the Sixers for the 2023-24 season, anticipating a trade, but Philadelphia’s inability to facilitate one appears to be causing frustration.

Lillard’s desire to join the Miami Heat has influenced the market for him, and the league cautioned him against openly expressing this preference.

As training camp approaches, uncertainty looms over Damian Lillard and James Harden, as they may not have new teams when the season begins.

The Miami Heat’s offseason plans have been significantly affected by the ongoing Lillard situation, limiting their flexibility in decision-making.

If the NBA aims to curb the increasing frequency of trade requests, Commissioner Silver may need to consider implementing policy changes to discourage such situations.

Lillard has been a lifelong Blazer, while Harden has played for four different teams, making their future paths uncertain. Only time will reveal what lies ahead for both of these star players.

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