NBA insider says Blazers have taken a tough stand on Damian Lillard


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With Bradley Beal being sent to the Phoenix Suns in a blockbuster trade with the Washington Wizards, attention turns to Damian Lillard’s immediate future with the Portland Trail Blazers and whether he will be traded during this NBA offseason.

Despite Lillard being very vocal about being loyal to the Blazers over the years, this summer could be the end of an era in Portland, with the team intent on keeping the No. 3 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft and continuing the youth movement instead Keeps Than surround your superstars with experienced talent.

Lillard wants the team to move the pick to bring in proven players rather than another young player, which the Blazers will need to grow and keep competing in the Western Conference.

With Lillard’s future hanging in the balance, the Miami Heat have been ultra-aggressive in trying to trade him, but according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who recently appeared on The Pat McAfee Show, Portland is looking for their superstar guard. Closing the business offer.

Although Wojnarowski claims the Blazers aren’t taking a trade call for Lillard, it’s not outside the realm of possibility the team has a change of heart and makes a deal to send the perennial All-Star to Miami or elsewhere.

However, with the draft set to take place tomorrow night, the clock is ticking, with all signs now pointing to Portland taking Schutt Henderson as the San Antonio Spurs will go with Victor Wambanyama at No. 1 and the Charlotte Hornets will pick Brandon Miller. would expect. number 2.

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