I Milwaukee Bucks they acquire via trade Damian Lillard dai Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team trade, which also includes the Phoenix Suns.
A Milwaukee va Lillard, ai Trail Blazers they go Jrue Holiday, Deandre Aytonhe rookie Toumani Camaraa first choice al draft NBA 2029 coming from the Bucks, and two rights of pick swapor swapping a first-round pick, to the drafst 2028 e 2030 always via Milwaukee. In trade i Phoenix Suns they receive Jusuf Nurkic, Grayson Allen, Nassir Little e Keon Johnson.
So the summer soap opera ends in a surprise Damian Lillard trade requestwhich had asked to be expressly transferred to Miami Heat. However, the offer that Miami had made to the Portland Trail Blazers was not deemed sufficient, and in recent days the scenario had opened up to other Eastern Conference teams such as the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bucks who have implemented the message from Giannis Antetokounmpowho not too subtly had requested action and reinforcements from the team after the KO in the first round of the 2023 NBA playoffs against Miami, as the number one seed in the East and the team with the best NBA record.
Lillard had expressed his desire above all to be traded to one team immediately ready to compete for the NBA titlejust like the Milwaukee Bucks. Dame leaves Portland after 11 seasons7 All-Star nominations and 5 All-NBA nominations, and as the franchise record holder for career points scored ahead of Clyde Drexler.
Lillard-Bucks trade: How things change for Portland, Milwaukee and Phoenix
A trade with which i Phoenix Suns they go to strengthen even more a already title roster around the big three Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal. Self Jusuf Nurkic can be seen as a worsening compared to Aytonthe arrival of Grayson Allen e Nassir Little will go to lengthen rotations behind the starters, the two former Bucks and Blazers players will also be able to play for a spot as a starter in the small forward role.
In the trade, the Portland Trail Blazers arrive at Deandre Aytonfirst overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft and who at 25 years old goes well with young project of the team entering the post-Damian Lillard era with an interesting roster situation: Anfernee Simons, Shaedon Sharpe and the third overall pick in the 2023 NBA draft Scoot Henderson as well as Matisse Thybulle, Kris Murray and Jabari Walker. It remains to be verified what Portland will do with Holidaywho still has one year left on his contract with a player option beyond 2023-24 and could be moved again via trade for other future draft picks.
The real defeat of the tradewaiting for the field to speak obviously, are the Miami Heat who probably didn’t want to offer the maximum possible to the Portland Trail Blazers. Miami had proposed exchanges centered around Tyler Herroa player who, due to his role and contract, was of no interest to the Blazers, and had not wanted to include players like him in any package Caleb Martin or – evidently – Serbian talent Nikola Jovic. Even the draft picks that the Heat had been able to put on the table would not have been better than those that Portland then remedied in this trade, waiting for more to come from a possible second trade for Jrue Holiday. In the end i Trail Blazers chose Ayton over Herro and they still managed to accontentare Damian Lillardshipped anyway as requested in a contender come Milwaukee.
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