Damian Lillard ‘remains unwavering’ he only wants to play for the Heat

The Portland Trail Blazers’ desire to explore alternate destinations (beyond Miami) in trade talks involving Damian Lillard hasn’t softened Lillard’s position. The seven-time All Star guard remains unwavering that he wants to play only for the Heat, a source with direct knowledge reiterated to the Miami Herald on Sunday night.
Source: Miami Herald

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: Even as Portland speaks of canvassing league to do what’s best for them, Lillard remains unwavering, resolute, adamant in determination to get to Miami, sources reiterated to me and @Anthony_Chiang. PLUS Richardson, Strus, Bryant, more notes: miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…11:06 AM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
The Hoop Collective with @WindhorstESPN and @TimBontemps discusses Dame trade scenarios, including a sleeper in the (mountain) West: youtu.be/dXYEWNIelOU11:04 AM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
From earlier: NYK is hard-capped after Donte DiVincenzo signing; Obi Toppin trade leaves NYK open to valid criticism, caps frustrating 3-year stint in NY for 2020 lottery pick; Nets among teams contacted as 3rd team to acquire Tyler Herro in Dame trade: sny.tv/articles/day-2…10:56 AM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
New podcast! NBA Superstar Trade Season and Free Agency
alongside @ChrisBHaynes on #thisleague UNCUT is out NOW. Covering:
🏀 Damian Lillard
🏀 James Harden
🏀 Kyrie Irving
🏀 And much more!
LISTEN HERE: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/thi…10:47 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Where do things stand with potential Damian Lillard, James Harden trades?
nbcsports.com/nba/news/where…10:45 AM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
New #HoopCollective podcast with @WindhorstESPN and @espn_macmahon on the landscape of the Damian Lillard and James Harden situations, plus how the offseason has gone for Phoenix, Denver and the Lakers. open.spotify.com/episode/74yaE9…10:42 AM
Henry Abbott @TrueHoop
Need a phone setting for “alert me if there’s a Dame trade but stay silent if Drake talks crap to Fred VanVleet.” – 10:28 AM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Damian Lillard requested a trade out of Portland this weekend
Hear @Scalabrine tell @TheFrankIsola why the fans should welcome Lillard’s exit from the Blazers pic.twitter.com/qmAAHiHv7510:03 AM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Damian Lillard wants to be traded to the Heat. He has made that clear. It’s just hard to envision another team trading away a bunch of assets to acquire him if he doesn’t want to be there. – 9:33 AM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat depth chart already an intriguing mix, as Damian Lillard Watch continues. sun-sentinel.com/2023/07/03/hea… If this is all there is, is it enough? Arguments can be made both ways. We break it down. – 9:23 AM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: The #Celtics have called the Blazers about the price tag for a Damian Lillard trade per @ChrisBHaynes. A closer look at what the team could realistically offer for the All-Star guard masslive.com/celtics/2023/0…9:14 AM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
The Player Empowerment Era in the NBA looks like it will blow right through the “second apron” and the other devices in the new collective bargaining agreement designed to keep super teams from forming. Damian Lillard is just the latest. In @TheAthletic: bit.ly/3rb1Kgj9:00 AM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
From PM: Heat explores three-team deals to land Lillard, with Nets and at least one other team approached to facilitate. Stars typically get where they want to get, and it would be surprising if that’s not the outcome here: miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…8:59 AM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
So another day of scrolling for Damian Lillard updates, but at least there’s a hint of basketball today
Heat Summer League game at 6 – 8:12 AM
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Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Loaded episode of Beyond The Arc coming Monday morning on @FanDuelTV:
-@jovanbuha joins to discuss Damian Lillard, the Lakers and Suns
-@matt_dollinger on the Pacers and Tyrese Haliburton’s upside
-@Urbodo on three International signings: Micic, Vezenkov, Exum pic.twitter.com/J8Ft0aSgYy2:24 AM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
The Raptors are my darkhorse Dame team. – 11:58 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Not really getting involved in Twitter arguing over hypothetical Dame trades
on what planet is the Ben Simmons experience a better asset than Tyler Herro? – 11:05 PM
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
New BS Podcast w/ @ryenarussillo
Part One: Why does Portland have to trade Dame? What’s gonna happen to Embiid? (And other big NBA questions from this week?)
open.spotify.com/episode/5gFk3X…8:54 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Something many don’t get is that Damian Lillard only wants out of Portland because the Blazers CANNOT build a contender around him.
So, of course, he wants to land with a contender.
Attempting to trade him to a non-contender would be unseemly.
Don’t make that guy an enemy. – 8:05 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Hello! @RKalland is joining me here momentarily to break down NBA Free Agency, Days 2 and 3! Talking Lillard, ALL of the Rockets move; Austin Reaves, the Haliburton/Bane/Sabonis/etc. extensions; Strus to CLE; WAY MORE
youtube.com/live/8UEd3ATe0… pic.twitter.com/qn0AuJCpYL7:31 PM
Henry Abbott @TrueHoop
A special Sunday episode with the July 4th holiday coming on Tuesday.
@coachthorpe and @jshector talk Dame and free agency.
Full episode: link.chtbl.com/TrueHoopSocial1 pic.twitter.com/zqLkjusiCd7:20 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Players who attempted 10+ threes per game in a season:
1980-2015 — 0
2016 — 1
2017 — 1
2018 — 1
2019 — 2
2020 — 2
2021 — 3
2022 — 1
2023 — 4 (Curry, Klay, Dame, Melo)
How many players in 2024? pic.twitter.com/5ZalCXEhRn6:25 PM
Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
Damian Lillard wants to be in South Beach. The Warriors should hope his next home isn’t Salt Lake nbcsportsbayarea.com/nba/golden-sta…6:14 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
Damian Lillard asked the fans what they thought of him and they didn’t hold back 🗣 pic.twitter.com/VZHruc8s5E6:07 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
Jusuf Nurkic was dropping hints that Dame isn’t the only Blazers star that could be on the move 🧐 pic.twitter.com/eyEglDqZdE5:21 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
The Blazers, and some of their fans, want more back in a trade for Damian Lillard than they were willing to part with in a trade for a star to pair with Lillard.
Wild times. – 4:50 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
The Blazers made their long-term choices in the best interest of the franchise and now Dame has made his. It’s time, perhaps a little past time, to end this amicably. Send him to Miami — and buy courtside seats for the Finals down there next June. sports.yahoo.com/damian-lillard…4:47 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Waiting game shows toll on Herro, Lillard; Heat’s Robinson, Bouyea embrace new deals. sun-sentinel.com/2023/07/02/wai… Lots of moving parts for Heat amid little of consequence actually moving. – 4:29 PM
Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Dice Joe Cronin, GG de @TrailBlazers:
“Hemos sido claros que queremos que permanezca Dame, pero él nos notificó hoy que quiere irse y jugar en otro lugar”.
Traducción: la culpa de que él se vaya no es nuestra; fue enteramente su decisión. pic.twitter.com/0XW8MOeXaN4:09 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
Dame chimes on talks of Blazers fans turning on him since requesting a trade from Portland 👀 pic.twitter.com/bf4XCOFZKN4:07 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
Dame chimes on talks of Blazers fans turning on him since requesting a trade from Portland 👀 pic.twitter.com/Sbo8NhBOgY4:06 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: Updates from ongoing Heat press conference in our 24-hour-Heat-free agency live blog. On summer league; where things stand with Lillard; something important to know about J-Rich, Thomas Bryant. And more: miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…3:26 PM
Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard
It’s in my blood to take the high road. I’d love to hear what fans are turning on… have I mislead them? Or anyone ? Fill me in – 3:21 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
This is what Joe Cronin said at the trade deadline.
He did not follow through. And maybe for good reason. Moving forward with young talent is not a bad move.
However, that does ZERO for Lillard. He was 100% in the right to ask out.
Now, send him to his choice destination. pic.twitter.com/FRahbVDWsm3:19 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Apropos of nothing, here are the top-ranked Heat/Blazers players in our Trade Value list:
Damian Lillard (14)
Scoot Henderson (28)
Shaedon Sharpe (59)
Anfernee Simons (76)
Jimmy Butler (19)
Bam Adebayo (25)
Tyler Herro (52)
Caleb Martin (90)
hoopshype.com/lists/trade-va…3:07 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Musings: The NBA’s silly season (Brad, Dame, KD, etc) underscores what’s so unique about the #Nuggets rise. Maybe patience matters after all.
denverpost.com/2023/07/01/den…2:31 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
It feels like the Blazers are being far more aggressive trying to get the best deal possible for Damian Lillard than they were while “trying” to make the best deals possible for Damian Lillard.
At some point, the Blazers decided that the best path forward didn’t involve Lillard. – 2:25 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
It’s been very fascinating to me to watch the conversation shift in real time from “Portland should proactively trade Dame before he asks out to set up a rebuild” to “Portland should trade Dame for a mediocre return just to send him where he wants to go.” – 2:23 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
As @IanBegley noted&we’ve corroborated, Nets were contacted regarding Herro (& have interest) as part of a 3-team Heat/Blazers/Nets permutation to get Lillard to Miami. As @BobbyMarks42 noted, that would work with Simmons, 5 1sts to Blazers. But Portland obviously could seek more – 2:17 PM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Latest @BleacherReport Multi-Team Damian Lillard Trades That Actually Make Sense (although making sense is a subjective thing, I’m sure you’ll tell me if I’m not)
bleacherreport.com/articles/10081…1:53 PM
Damian Lillard trade report: Blazers won’t cooperate with Heat, ‘open for business’ across league
cbssports.com/nba/news/damia…1:34 PM
Henry Abbott @TrueHoop
Lot’s happening in the Association. @jshector and @coachthorpe talk Dame, free agency, and the hidden value in some of these deals.
🎧: link.chtbl.com/TrueHoopSocial1
🎥: youtu.be/ai-I8cJkHk41:30 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
The Dame news has Blazers fans down bad 😭
(via trentonwollam/tt) pic.twitter.com/4b0AYn0IbY1:25 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Tyler Herro makes sense for the Nets IF they can acquire him at a discounted rate.
One of their non-premium picks (2025 PHX) packaged with Royce/DFS/Dinwiddie should be the price for helping Miami land Dame IMO. – 1:09 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Should the Utah Jazz, or shouldn’t they? With Damian Lillard available on the trade market, the Jazz have the assets to get involved, should they choose. But what should they choose? We go over the pros and the cons, here. Please read – theathletic.com/4660149/2023/0…12:54 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Do you expect the Trail Blazers not to explore all options? Of course, Damian Lillard has created leverage by making it clear he wants to be traded to the Heat. But the Trail Blazers are going to try to create some leverage, too. – 12:47 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Who is to blame for Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard requesting a trade: Blazer Focused podcast
How did we get here?
With @CraigBirnbach
oregonlive.com/blazers/2023/0…12:45 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Is there a better trio in the NBA than Dame, Jimmy & Bam? – 12:43 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: A midday update on Lillard, with my own reporting, the Woj report today, Blazers being initially uncooperative, but one big thing working in Heat’s favor: miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…12:32 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
I’m assuming the relative FA silence means the Mavs are working on deals … big deals … the best deals … all the deals.
I just hope they haven’t put aside signings that may have been ready to chase lottery-odds type deals at the fringes of wherever Lillard goes – 12:27 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
A reality that helped push Lillard out the door:
Key veteran additions since before 2023 trade deadline:
LAKERS: Vanderbilt, Beasley, Hachimura, D.Russell, Vincent, Hayes, Prince.
BLAZERS: Thybulle (but lost Hart). – 12:15 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
“There is naturally a desire to do right by a franchise legend, but Dame doesn’t have a no-trade clause and the Blazers can’t let emotions guide their decision-making …”
@KevinOConnorNBA: theringer.com/nba/2023/7/1/2…12:13 PM
Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
Joel Embiid needs to get on the phone with Damian Lillard, butter him up, & have Daryl Morey do the rest. – 12:11 PM
Evan Sidery @esidery
The Trail Blazers do not plan to cooperate with Damian Lillard on his trade request to the Heat, per @wojespn:
– Portland “open for business everywhere in the league” on trading Lillard.
– Blazers seeking a combination of young players, draft picks and cap relief.
– Miami has… pic.twitter.com/n7y8PtaCgo11:48 AM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
If Blazers truly shop Lillard to a wide variety of teams I can’t see him landing in Miami. That Marks 3-team deal w/ BKN supplying picks & not getting Lillard didn’t make sense to me. – 11:45 AM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
A look at the first 2 days of Free Agency
🏀Damian Lillard
🏀James Harden
and more…..
youtu.be/LOpES1ZlISk via @YouTube – 11:44 AM
Evan Sidery @esidery
The Trail Blazers do not plan to cooperate with Damian Lillard on his trade request to the Heat, per @wojespn:
– Portland “open for business everywhere in the league” on trading Lillard.
– Blazers seeking a combination of young players, draft picks and cap relief.
– Miami has… pic.twitter.com/4UXyPac5gN11:43 AM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Portland reportedly expected to include Jusuf Nurkic in Damian Lillard trade talks #NBA #NBAFreeAgency
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/15…11:39 AM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
🗣NEW @HardwoodKnocks
📋 The Damian Lillard Trade Request
🔘 Are the Blazers obligated to send Dame to Miami? (1:47)
🔘 Best teams & trade packages (17:03)
🍎 podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dam…
📺 youtu.be/853b4y8e9Kc
linktr.ee/hardwoodknocks pic.twitter.com/TpePVyX6Kg11:33 AM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
ICYMI: How Portland missed its moment on Lillard, how Miami can pull together a multi-year trade, and some other possible deals that make sense:
theathletic.com/4658611/2023/0…11:25 AM

More on this storyline

So if the Blazers attempt to trade Lillard to a team other than Miami, a potential standoff looms. Though Lillard does not have a no-trade clause, his mind-set — at this time — is to remain resolute and adamant that Miami is the only place he wants to play. If the Blazers attempt to send him to a different location, Lillard will need to decide how he wants to handle it and how messy he wants it to become. -via Miami Herald / July 3, 2023
Chris Haynes on Damian Lillard: “The Clippers reached out to Portland and tried to see if there’s a way that they can get into that sweepstakes.” … “Dame requested the trade and then all of a sudden he became the top target and kind of… I won’t say put a hold on the league, but it did cause teams to pause: ‘OK hold on, let’s wait on what we had planned, let’s look to see if we got a shot. The Clippers were one of those teams who did that, the Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Boston Celtics… yeah those are the teams that off the top of my head, and I’m pretty sure there were more, those were the teams off the top of my head that I know called out to reach out to see what it would take (to trade for Damian Lillard).” -via Apple Podcasts / July 3, 2023

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