As per reports, the Portland Trail Blazers have remained reluctant to enter into substantial trade discussions with the Miami Heat concerning Damian Lillard.
The Blazers continue to display a disinterested stance towards dealing him with Miami since the first trade request one month ago. Despite expectations of a change in their approach, the Blazers have not yet engaged in negotiations with the Heat.
Blazers’ General Manager, Joe Cronin, emphasized recently that he has not had any communication with the Miami Heat regarding the possibility of trading Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers to Miami.
As of the latest updates, there is still no agreement between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Miami Heat regarding a trade deal.
The Miami Heat have presented an enticing offer, including players like Tyler Herro to a third team, four 1st round picks, two 1st round pick swaps, 2024-2028 2nd round picks, Kyle Lowry, Nikola Jokic, and Jaime Jacquez Jr.
In return, the Heat would receive Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic from the Blazers. However, the two teams have not yet finalized the trade.
Joe Cronin’s actions may have been causing delays in the trade process, potentially impacting the outcome of the potential deal that could see Damian Lillard join the Miami Heat.
Having spent nearly 11 seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, Damian Lillard is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time for the Blazers. He has shown loyalty and reliability to the Blazers, but there seems to be a special attraction to the Miami Heat from him.
Lillard has made it clear that he would not be happy with a trade to any team other than the Miami Heat. This strong preference prompted the NBA to issue a memo to all 30 teams, cautioning them about Dame’s trade desires.
While the Portland Trail Blazers may not be fully committed to the trade process, the Miami Heat, who recently experienced a heartbreaking loss to the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Finals, are eager to strengthen their roster for the upcoming season. This could potentially involve acquiring the exceptional point guard, Damian Lillard.