NBA Trade Rumors, Portland Trail Blazers

NBA Trade Rumors: Damian Lillard is not available, no matter what

According to Chris Haynes, the Trail Blazers have rejected trade calls on Damian Lillard. What teams were making calls on Lillard is unknown.

According to Chris Haynes, the Portland Trail Blazers are not making Damian Lillard available in trade. While this isn’t a new development, it is an interesting statement to make. The Trail Blazers are a team that is probably heading for a quick exit in the play-in. Despite Lillard getting older, and Portland struggling to get above the play-in status; the Trail Blazers are continuing to keep the status quo keep going.

Lillard is currently on a veteran max contract for the next three years and at some point, his value will go down due to his age and his contract. While he will not be untradeable at some point, the Blazers will not be able to get the value that they would get in a trade haul for the superstar.

What teams could have made calls on Damian Lillard?

While Haynes does not say who made offers for Lillard, the Clippers may have made calls about Lillard, making a package of Marcus Morris, Reggie Jackson, and John Wall (for salary purposes), while adding prospects such as Terance Mann, and first-round picks.

Another team that could have been making calls on Lillard is the Knicks. The Knicks have tons of picks and are currently lacking a superstar. They have a decent team but will most likely not make it out of the first round due to the fact that they don’t have a true number-one option.

It seems that the Lillard and Trail Blazers are both okay with staying the course and being mediocre for the rest of the All-NBA player career. The Blazers may be quiet for the rest of the deadline, but eventually, they will have to make noise to improve this team for Lillard.

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