team is considered the main candidate in the dispute for Lillard

Even after making it clear that he only wants to play for the Miami Heat, another NBA franchise appears as a favorite to trade Damian Lillard after showing “genuine” interest in the player

The soap opera involving Damian Lillard and its future within the NBA it only gains more chapters and seems to be far from its end. This past Monday, the Andscape journalist, Marc J. Spearsrevealed that an investigation with two high-ranking executives within the league indicated that the Toronto Raptors is considered the big favorite to acquire the point guard in an exchange with the Portland Trail Blazers.

According to the journalist, other teams have also contacted the Portland Trail Blazers behind Damian Lillardlike the Chicago BullsO Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers. Already Michael Grangefrom Sportsnet, stated that, even if there is a conversation between the franchise and the Toronto Raptors, there is no indication of an imminent agreement. The journalist also included other teams in the pool of interested parties, such as Orlando MagicO Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz.

O Toronto Raptors has first-round draft picks for 2024, 2026, 2028 and 2030, with next year being protected (top 6). Furthermore, it has interesting assets, such as OG Anunobywhich the Portland Trail Blazers already tried to trade before the 2022 Draft. Other players like Gary Trent, Chris Boucher It is Thaddeus Young These are good names that could enter the trade.

Last Sunday, the 24th, Marc Steininsider of NBAreported that some league teams believe Canadians have a “genuine” interest in Damian Lillard. Before that, during an ESPN program, the league’s main journalist, Adrian Wojnarowskistated that the Portland Trail Blazers would have intensified conversations with some franchises, but the Miami Heat, the player’s favorite destination, would not be included. Although, Barry Jacksonfrom the Miami Herald, stated that, if the point guard is not traded to a team other than the Floridawould keep asking to be changed there.

Source: sportbuzz

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