Damian Lillard’s sole focus is Miami, no other suitors currently

David Aldridge: Damian Lillard’s focus is solely on the Miami Heat, per source. No other suitors at the moment.
Source: Twitter @davidaldridgedc

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
I can’t come up with a Dame/Miami trade that makes sense for Portland unless they’re doing a solid for Dame.
Herro + Lowry’s expiring + Jacquez + Jovic for Dame + Nurkic’s $ and then every 1st Miami can trade… which is basically 2028/2030 firsts plus 2-3 swaps? Yikes. – 1:13 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
On a glorious day for the Heat and how they can now close the deal with Lillard: miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…1:12 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
Thanks to Dame and all trade requesters for letting the NBA world chill in August. – 1:12 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
A few teams I could see Tyler Herro getting re-routed to in a Damian Lillard trade:
– Nets. Could use a young, upside guard as a sidekick to Mikal Bridges.
– Jazz. Have a ton in the front court, but don’t really have a long-term point guard yet.
– Spurs. Same logic as Jazz. – 1:11 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
If you’re the Heat, you put anyone but Butler and Adebayo in play for Lillard.
At worst, you have a starting lineup of: Adebayo, Love, Butler, Richardson and Lillard.
You can fill in from there with who is left and those eager to sign on at minimum (and there should be plenty). – 1:08 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Story: Damian Lillard asks the Trail Blazers for a trade, with his eyes on Heat, sources tell AP apnews.com/article/damian…1:08 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I’d love to see Brooklyn get in on a Miami-Portland Dame trade and swipe Tyler Herro. – 1:06 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Damian Lillard has requested a trade out of Portland!
🔊 @GeraldBlss reacts to the breaking news #RipCity pic.twitter.com/gJ5FeL86ma1:05 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
A 9-player 3-teamer that gets Dame to Philly and Harden to LAC….
Port gets Maxey, Mann, Zubac + Tobias expiring + dumps Nurk.
Phi gets Dame/Batum/Powell
LAC: Harden, Nurk
Port also gets: 2024/26/28 1st swaps w/ Philly, 2029 unprotected Philly 1st, 2028 unprotected LAC 1st. pic.twitter.com/HeRpSW3DoF1:03 PM
Dwight Jaynes @dwightjaynes
Seems as if Dame waited to announce his intentions until his buddy Grant got paid. – 12:59 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I think Philly would love to use Tyrese Maxey to get in on Damian Lillard, but Maxey obviously doesn’t fit on a team with Scoot, Sharpe and Simons.
So I jumped on the trade machine and Frankenstein’d up this bad boy. pic.twitter.com/yvkQYrVat612:54 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Today’s #HoopCollective with @espn_macmahon and @WindhorstESPN breaks down a very busy first night of free agency, with reaction to all the deals that happened and the ramifications of what was ahead, including Damian Lillard, James Harden and Brook Lopez. open.spotify.com/episode/6MAZ1m…12:52 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Damian Lillard has informed the Blazers that he prefers a trade to Miami, a source told @SInow – 12:51 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Strus off to Cavaliers in sign-and-trade deal; Lillard asks out of Portland, Heat high on his list. sun-sentinel.com/2023/07/01/max… From the mundane, Heat potentially positioned for makeover. – 12:49 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: The trade permutations that would work to accommodate Damian Lillard’s request, this morning, to be traded to only Miami. And why he picked the Heat as his one and only place he wants to be: miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…12:48 PM
Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Some thoughts:
Dame trade request means I need a nap.
This is so bad for the Blazers as a business. Letting it get to the point that Dame wants out is a failure.
Can you imagine him playing with Victor?? I selfishly want to watch that.
I need a nap. – 12:47 PM
Jason Jones @mr_jasonjones
The Dame news feels like the first time everyone wanted a star to request a trade – 12:46 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Come on Dame
The timeline needs “the thread” – 12:46 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
So Damian Lillard has finally requested a trade. Spilling some of my thoughts on the situation after @ShamsCharania said Dame specifically wants Miami.
A Heat trade package will realistically include some combination of these pieces:
Miami assets
Heat 2028 and 2030 1sts
Heat… pic.twitter.com/hkmpP4jauC12:42 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
A bit of a newsy day. Here’s the latest on Damian Lillard’s trade request, Max Strus’ departure and everything else happening with the Heat on Day 2 of free agency miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…12:41 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Well, it looks like Scoot will be able to wear No. 0 after all. Might not look good optics-wise after everything Dame did for the Blazers, but until it’s fair game until it’s retired. – 12:40 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
The league is going to swirl with a new type of uproar on player empowerment if Dame gets his way and goes to Miami based on what the Heat can offer. – 12:40 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
Miami is a preferred trade destination for Dame, per @VinceGoodwill.
“Miami” was playing in the background of his IG Live last Friday 👀🌴
(via @Dame_Lillard) pic.twitter.com/IJVzAsmuTR12:37 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Damian Lillard’s focus is solely on the Miami Heat, per source. No other suitors at the moment. – 12:37 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
If you think the Trail Blazers will be cold hearted and send Lillard to a team not of his asking, I have some land to sell you… – 12:37 PM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Two percolating storylines, years in the making, come together just minutes apart: Dame requests a trade, Thunder signs Micic. – 12:37 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Who’s the best player you would trade for Damian Lillard? – 12:36 PM
Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Damian Lillard has averaged 4+ made 3-pointers in a season 3 times in his career (2019-20, 2020-21 and 2022-23).
That is the 2nd-most instances by any player all-time.
He only trails Stephen Curry (7x). – 12:35 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Spurs sit at $24 million in cap space, can move two contracts to create the space for Dame’s $45.6 million this coming season… – 12:35 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
It’s hard for me to react to the expected Lillard news with anything but a touch of sadness.
It feeds the insatiable “WE NEED PLAYER MOVEMENT” beast and pleases those who think they should know what Lillard should want, but this is the end of a great run and era in Portland. – 12:35 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
NBA Free Agency: Nets, Heat among ‘leading suitors’ for Portland star Damian Lillard nj.com/sports/2023/07…12:35 PM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Was recording a free agency wrap-up Lowe Post podcast w/ @BobbyMarks42 when the Dame news broke. Are you ready for a totally unhinged episode? It’s coming soon. – 12:35 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
San Antonio swooping in while Miami is preparing their Damian Lillard introduction pic.twitter.com/OZgKfSOpZF12:34 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Go on Spurs, go after Dame and let’s make this interesting 👀 – 12:34 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard has requested a trade: Report
oregonlive.com/blazers/2023/0…12:33 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
A reminder that while Damian Lillard might want Miami or Brooklyn, the Blazers can send him anywhere. I know there’s been loyalty both ways for some time, but Dame did POR no favors by playing this as he did. – 12:32 PM
Howard Chen @TheHoChen
Btw anyone else else dealing with rate limits being exceeded on Twitter? I’m like yooooooo this is the NBA Dame Time free agency/trade news this is a horrible time for this rate limits exceeded stuff – 12:31 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Source said Lillard wants Miami because he loves the city;has great respect for Jimmy & Heat and is good friends with Bam.And chance to win.Portland hasn’t specifically told him yet that it will agree to try to trade him to Miami,but I would be surprised if they don’t accommodate – 12:31 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
I feel for Blazers fans. All the loyalty discourse despite trade talk constantly coming up was annoying, but Lillard really did give that franchise every opportunity to put a real team around him, and they failed him almost every time. Neil Olshey bled the Dame era out – 12:31 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Small thought: if the Sixers want to get in on Damian Lillard, I’d be trying to sign Dillon Brooks today.
They need a start-able forward to replace Tobias Harris in that deal if he leaves. I really like the idea of a Dame-Melton-Brooks-Tucker-Embiid lineup. – 12:29 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
dame in 2020: “keep switching teams…running from the grind…you boys in chumps”
dame in 2023: “running from the grind is actually great cardio 😤” – 12:27 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Damian Lillard’s preferred destination is the Heat. – 12:22 PM
Howard Chen @TheHoChen
The Clippers have got to HATE seeing these tweets that Dame explicitly wants to go to the Heat. I mean, Harden’s still a great reg season player, but… 😭😭 – 12:22 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Per source:
Turn up the music
turn down the lights
I’ve got a feeling
It’s about Dame time
(the source here was Lizzo lyrics. Sorry. Carry on.) – 12:22 PM
Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
Have heard pretty consistently that the Sixers have no interest in putting Tyrese Maxey in any trade conversations, including a potential pursuit for Damian Lillard. Philadelphia, and other teams, are of the belief the Miami Heat are Lillard’s preferred destination. – 12:21 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Clippers can only send one first round pick, Terence Mann/Bones Hyland and expirings. That’s not better than Miami’s offer.
Philly can put Maxey on the table but it was reported Lillard doesn’t want to go there.
Woj left out Brooklyn in his latest report. – 12:21 PM
Sam Amick @sam_amick
As I wrote here, it’s all eyes on Miami now. That’s where Damian Lillard wants to be. More here, at @TheAthletic
theathletic.com/4640012/2023/0…12:21 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
I just don’t want Lillard on Miami … since they’re asking my opinion – 12:20 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
Damian Lillard finally leaving “The Grind” like pic.twitter.com/uDsowfF4KA12:20 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
A league source confirms that Damian Lillard’s preferred trade destination is the Heat.
This is what the Heat needed Lillard to do. – 12:20 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Lillard would like to be trade to the Heat, per source, and as others have reported in past few minutes. – 12:19 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
It’s about Dame time. (*ducks*) – 12:18 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Would be surprised if the Damian Lillard situation dragged out. Teams like the Heat and Nets have prepared their offers anticipating he would ask for a trade. Blazers have incentive to move on soon so they can start rebuilding. – 12:16 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Damian Lillard’s top target is Miami, source tells AP. He has had discussions with Heat players in recent days about how such a move could work, the source said. – 12:16 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Dame wants MIA
James wants LAC
Both signed new contracts last July
We’ll see if/when/how they’ll get to where they want – 12:15 PM
Evan Sidery @esidery
If the Trail Blazers are prioritizing future draft capital and flexibly, might not be a better landing spot for Damian Lillard than the Nets.
However, if Lillard ultimately prefers one destination over all else, it seems like Portland will work with him on making that happen. – 12:14 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Would not consider the Knicks a good Lillard destination for either party. Knicks don’t need another small guard next to Jalen Brunson and the cost of Lillard is not worth it when you already have a top-notch point guard in Brunson. – 12:13 PM
Surya Fernandez @SuryaHeatNBA
“Miami is the obvious one. And Bam is my dog. Bam is my dog, for real.” – Damian Lillard, June pic.twitter.com/vHvUF0KPP012:12 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Lillard and Portland are just on two different paths. A trade gives Lillard a chance to compete for a championship. And will return Portland substantial assets that the Blazers can add to an already strong young core. It’s the right decision for both. – 12:11 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Portland made such a big deal about trying to upgrade in free agency. What did they even try to do apart from resign Jerami Grant? It’s almost like they wanted to force Dame to ask out to win the PR battle – 12:10 PM
Damian Lillard requests trade from Trail Blazers; Heat and Nets potential suitors, per report
cbssports.com/nba/news/damia…12:10 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
If Brooklyn wants Dame they have by far the superior trade package – 12:09 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
The Philadelphia 76ers are not a preferred destination for Damian Lillard, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Miami and Brooklyn are the only teams on his list – 12:09 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Sources: Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard requests trade – via @ESPN App espn.com/nba/story/_/id…12:08 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Damian Lillard requests trade out of Portland
sportando.basketball/en/damian-lill…12:07 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Stealth Damian Lillard trade teams:
– Raptors. Have OG and most of their own picks. What the hell else are they doing?
– Pelicans. They have the assets, but would Dame trust Zion to stay healthy?
– Jazz. Weber State alum returns to his college state. – 12:07 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Dame leaving Portland reminds me so much of KG departing Minnesota.
Two franchise icons who didn’t want to leave. But the more they tried make it work, the clearer it became that the championship window was closed.
Tough because they both mean so much to their fans/orgs. – 12:07 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Dame doing this the morning after free agency opened is hilarious – 12:07 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Damian Lillard is looking for a new team via trade #NBA
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/15…12:07 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
NEW: Damian Lillard has requested a trade from the Trail Blazers and the Heat is expected to aggressively pursue him. Buckle up. miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…12:06 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clyde Drexler: 11 full seasons in Portland, traded to champion Rockets in February of 12th season
Damian Lillard: 11 full seasons in Portland, trade request in July before 12th season – 12:05 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Damian Lillard holds the Blazers franchise records for:
Points per game
Threes made
Free throws made
Where to next? pic.twitter.com/8rVSJfihql12:05 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
The Damian Lillard situation at present………. pic.twitter.com/pr5RNqq0Hk12:05 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
With Damian Lillard trade request, Bulls’ opportunity to work with Portland on draft compensation owed becomes more important. It’s currently lottery protected and Trail Blazers likely entering rebuild. – 12:05 PM
Sam Amick @sam_amick
With Damian Lillard asking out of Portland, another look at how and why it got to this point in recent months, at @TheAthletic
theathletic.com/4640012/2023/0…12:04 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: Lillard asks for trade. Heat to aggressively pursue: miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…12:04 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Gotta be Miami or bust for Dame, right? I feel like Brooklyn is the same situation as Portland but on the East Coast lol – 12:03 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Trading Damian Lillard is 100%, unequivocally the best outcome for the Blazers. They’re lucky that he asked because otherwise they would’ve kept him far too long.
They have Scoot Henderson and Shaedon Sharpe. They’ll got a lot for Dame. Their future is VERY bright. – 12:03 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: Portland’s Lillard requests trade; Heat will aggressively pursue. What to know: miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…12:01 PM
Yossi Gozlan @YossiGozlan
I wrote about what Damian Lillard trade packages from Miami and Brooklyn would look like last month on @hoopshype. Still relevant today.
Salary matching for teams below the first apron: $36.3M
Salary matching for teams above the first apron: $41.5M
hoopshype.com/lists/damian-l…12:00 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I think Damian Lillard is going to be a member of the Miami Heat next season because I think that’s the team that he wants to play for and what the star wants almost always trumps what the team wants. – 12:00 PM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
cannot help but wonder if the Sixers end up with Dame as part of a trade to send Harden to the Clippers. – 12:00 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
“Expected to work to accommodate him.”
Say Miami Dame – 11:59 AM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Damian Lillard has requested a trade from the Portland Trailblazers. @ChrisBHaynes first – 11:59 AM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN Sources with @RamonaShelburne: Portland G Damian Lillard has requested a trade and the franchise is expected to work to accommodate him. pic.twitter.com/Qhrdj70sFX11:58 AM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Breaking: Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has requested a trade out of Portland, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets are among leading suitors for one of the NBA’s 75 Greatest Players ever. pic.twitter.com/nw8OIepAHz11:56 AM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
BREAKING NEWS: Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard has requested a trade this morning, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport. pic.twitter.com/Udi1h7OQyA11:56 AM
NBA Free Agency: Damian Lillard got Jerami Grant PAID as Blazers break the bank with a risky deal
cbssports.com/nba/news/damia…1:54 AM
Sean Highkin @highkin
New: Hitting free agency after being recruited by Damian Lillard, at the exact moment the Blazers are attempting to keep Lillard from requesting a trade, is a hell of a lot of leverage for Jerami Grant.
rosegardenreport.com/p/free-agency-…1:23 AM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Though Oladipo could have been used in Lillard trade, there are still several paths to make money work with Lillard deal if he ever requests a trade, and you can’t turn down chance to offload that Vic money, which saves more than 25 M in taxes. – 12:04 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Team changes or unresolved PG situations this offseason:
– BOS (Smart)
– PHI (Harden)
– TOR (Schröder)
– CHI (Bev)
– DET (Monte)
– MIA (Vincent)
– WAS (Tyus)
– POR (Dame/Scoot)
– LAC (Russ)
– LAL (D’Lo)
– PHO (CP3)
– DAL (Luka/Kyrie)
– MEM (JA)
– SA (Tre) – 11:09 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
So…who are the Blazers adding that moves Damian Lillard to change his mind? – 9:13 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW from @Anthony_Chiang and me: More on Heat agreeing to terms with Love and Josh Richardson, as Miami fills roster spots while waiting patiently on Lillard clarity: miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…9:01 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Heat now needs PG in case Lowry is dealt (regardless of Lillard outcome). Options (and Heat only has minimum salary to offer) include Westbrook, P Mills, Aaron Holiday, Beverley, George Hill, Ish Smith, Cory Joseph, Derrick Rose, Kendrick Nunn and Goran… Trade also an option. – 7:35 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Per source, Heat – well above tax line – declined to increase its 3 yr, 24 M offer to Vincent, who preferred to stay in Miami if things were equal. His Lakers deal is confirmed. Heat must now find backcourt help via trade (beyond obviously Lillard hope) or with minimum contract. – 7:27 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
FWIW re-signing Grant was always part of the plan under the assumption Damian Lillard is going to stay put. Wouldn’t make much sense to pay him this much money if you’re going young and rebuilding. Dame said at exit interviews he “expected” Grant to be back. – 6:40 PM
Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Daryl Morey en estos momentos.
Se va Harden.
Podríamos traer a Damian Lillard.
Estamos dispuestos a canjear a Tyrese Maxey.
Si no armamos un equipo contendiente, se nos va Joel Embiid.
Insiste Brian que @Sixers no siente presión…… pic.twitter.com/BT30y4WWlA6:11 PM
Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard
Canelo fight MELL and not MALL? Lol woooooooooow – 5:33 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Brian Windhorst speculated that the Sixers are not planning to extend Maxey “because they might trade him. And it’s because he would be a potential piece in a Dame Lillard trade.”
More deets on the 76ers reported plan to delay a Maxey extension
libertyballers.com/2023/6/30/2378…5:09 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
-“wanna know why [they’re not extending Maxey this summer]? Because they might trade him. And it’s because he would be a potential piece in a Dame Lillard trade.”
– Windhorst (full sentence there)
pic.twitter.com/TqwpB1BhTj4:49 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Windy says one reason Maxey not being extended by 76ers is because he might be needed in trade and to be a “potential piece in a Lillard trade”.. if Lillard ever asks for trade, he needs to ask for Heat specifically.
Stressful weeks ahead for Heat – 4:48 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Windy answering about Dame, just like the rest of us pic.twitter.com/tOQutJJSgI4:42 PM
Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
Damian Lillard’s style of play is going to age really well. It already is. But so is Tyrese Maxey’s. You’re not THAT close to a title. – 3:56 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Two second round picks was what it cost Nets to offload Joe Harris’ $19.9 M to Detroit. Harris’ expiring was easier to move than Lowry’s $29.7 M expiring. Kyle remains option for a Lillard trade or possibly Clippers (if they don’t get Harden) and whatever else materializes. – 2:51 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Joe Harris was a key salary-matching piece in a potential Brooklyn package for Damian Lillard.
I wouldn’t rule the Nets out there, but this could signal they’re going in another direction. Would not be surprising given the uncertainty of Lillard’s situation. – 2:46 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
ICYMI, last night’s show where I made the following predictions:
1. James Harden to LAC
2. Damian Lillard to PHI
3. Bruce Brown to IND
4. One small addition to DEN
youtube.com/live/cyO9DyPN-…1:48 PM

More on this storyline

Jusuf Nurkic: I only can tell you 😳 -via Twitter @bosnianbeast27 / July 1, 2023
NBA sources have told The Oregonian for two years that failure by the franchise to meet Lillard’s request would lead to him firmly seeking a trade. -via Oregonian / July 1, 2023

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