The destiny of star Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been one in every of basketball’s major storylines this offseason, as a slew of reviews have indicated the seven-time All-Star is raring to affix the Heat.
However, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the enjoying subject could have modified within the race to amass the long run Hall of Famer.
Wojnarowski indicated on Friday afternoon’s episode of NBA Today that though no deal is imminent, the Lillard commerce discussions have intensified—and don’t embody Miami, the defending Eastern Conference champion.
“Those talks have intensified this week with Damian Lillard, but still, there’s no trade imminent,” Wojnarowski stated. “We talked about this all summer. Things would pick up once we got past Labor Day and the opening of training camp loomed.”
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Training camp is scheduled to open for all 30 of the league’s groups by Oct. 3.
“You have Portland talking to not only teams who are interested in Lillard, but lots of teams that would want to get in on a bigger deal,” Wojnarowski stated. “Portland is exhausting all those conversations this week, and they’re certainly behaving like a team that wants to get a deal done. … But so far, the one element that has not been a part of these talks [are] the Miami Heat.”
Wojnarowski burdened that conversations round Lillard stay fluid and will change at any time.
Lillard, 33, has spent his whole 11-year profession with Portland. He was named third staff All-NBA in 2022-23, throughout which he averaged a career-high 32.2 factors per sport.