Damian Lillard Transfer! TO MIAMI HEAT

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July 02 2023

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The Portland Trail Blazers confirmed on Saturday that Damian Lillard has requested to be traded.

Lillard is attracting considerable interest from a number of teams

1.Miami Heat, 2.Los Angeles Clippers 3.Philadelphia 76ers 4.Brooklyn Nets.

 A day after the Blazers decided to re-sign forward Jerami Grant to a five-year, $160 million contract, Lillard made a trade request.

After Lillard, who will turn 33 later ,  Portland used the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draught on guard Scoot Henderson.

Lillard, a seven-time All-NBA selection, has completed one of his best seasons to date, averaging a career-high 32.2 points per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field.

 Lillard has only ever reached the conference finals once, where the Golden State Warriors swept him and his team

With Lillard, Portland has experienced five first-round playoff exits and has missed the postseason each of the past two years.

Lillard has two years and $94.4 million left on his contract, so whoever makes a trade for him will have to account for his $45.6 million budget cost for the following year.

Although new contracts do not become official until the end of the league moratorium on July 6, Portland intends to stand by Grant’s deal, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday.