Heat will wait for Damian Lillard’s decision to request a trade

Damian Lillard’s decision to give the Portland Trail Blazers more time to improve their roster hasn’t dissuaded the Heat. According to multiple sources, the Heat has decided to wait patiently for Lillard to make a decision because they view him as a player worth waiting for.
Source: Miami Herald

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

The Ringer @ringernba
The Dame and Scoot timelines don’t align. What is Portland’s best path toward building a win-now squad?
📼: youtube.com/watch?v=7x9LIc… pic.twitter.com/Fb44u8iP5D6:10 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Heat considering multiple options with Lowry; for now, they’ll wait to see if he’s needed in Lillard trade. Where things stand and what makes sense: miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…5:46 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: Per sources, Heat plans to patiently wait on Lillard, while other teams reportedly pursue other business. Where thing stands, including an interesting report in past hour. PLUS Heat wants Vincent back. And Strus update, Love, stretch bigs, more: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…5:18 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
2021: “Gotta break up Dame, 31, and CJ, 30. Small backcourts don’t work.”
2022: “Dame, 32, and Ant, 23, present the same issues.”
2023: “Dame, 33, and 6-2 Scoot, 19, will destroy the NBA.”
Rookie Scoot will not be better than CJ, Ant or Sharpe.
Dial it back. Let him mature. pic.twitter.com/xwPsOmX9hY3:24 PM
Evan Sidery @esidery
Trail Blazers update via @wojespn:
– Nothing has changed in regards to Damian Lillard potentially wanting out of Portland.
– Blazers will look to re-sign Jerami Grant.
– Portland will be very active in trade market over next few weeks to add win-now pieces around Lillard.
-… pic.twitter.com/xswCTyuZBG2:25 PM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
New Lowe Post podcast: Free agency/offseason mega-preview w/ @HowardBeck: The Dame landscape, Collins trade, our 5 Most Intriguing Offseason Teams, tons more:
Spotify: spoti.fi/3NspG6b
Apple: apple.co/44nnaVt1:42 PM
Dwight Jaynes @dwightjaynes
I love it when people say Dame hasn’t asked to be traded and then talk about how he tried to use “his leverage” to get more vets. His leverage is asking to be traded. Come on, it was a threat — or a bluff – 1:40 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“I just don’t understand what’s taking so long on this”
Hear @Scalabrine tell @TheFrankIsola why it’s time for the Blazers to move on from Damian Lillard pic.twitter.com/xiLupCvEFr1:38 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
“He doesn’t want to put pressure on the 7-… on the Six-… on the Blazers.”
The between-the-lines update on Lillard from @WindhorstESPN 🧐🤔 pic.twitter.com/4WOnBUIGCv12:58 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Real talk. If Dame Lillard stays in Portland. His championship window closes right now. If he goes to Miami. He could win a ring this year. – 12:43 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
NBA Talking Heads / Twitter :
“The players today are so soft!! They all want to team up with other superstars! No one wants to stick around when times get tough! Bums!!
Also NBA Talking Heads / Twitter:
“Dame is a loser for not leaving Portland to join a super team!! Bum!!” – 12:28 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
been a couple minutes since we last heard how Dame felt – is everything ok? – 12:12 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Damian Lillard did not request trade, wants to see how Blazers fare in free agency sportando.basketball/en/damian-lill…11:56 AM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
New @Ringer: Scattered thoughts on free agency, including a logical path for Dame to stay in Portland, how the Clippers can add another star, a Zach LaVine hypothetical I am increasingly obsessed with, speculation about the Rockets, FVV, and so much more theringer.com/2023/6/27/2377…11:42 AM
Nick Wright @getnickwright
Today’s episode of @WhatsWrightShow starts momentarily on YouTube with a VERY special guest co-host today, joining me to discuss all things NBA Free Agency, Wemby, the CP3 trade & a potential Dame trade. You can watch right here youtube.com/watch?v=MKmO0T…10:29 AM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Per Windy on ESPN today, Lillard did not ask for trade during meeting yesterday, “doesn’t want to put pressure on the Blazers” and is going to give them time to see what they can do in free agency. – 10:05 AM
Tom Ziller @teamziller
re: your distaste for Damian Lillard goss as of June 27, three days before free agency pic.twitter.com/FYmXfh7Asn9:53 AM
Howard Beck @HowardBeck
Trades! Salary dumps! Aprons! And a whole lot of Dame Lillard rumors. Welcome to the NBA’s silly season.
My latest, for@GQSports:
gq.com/story/nba-offs…9:09 AM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
The Starting Lineup is live with @TheFrankIsola & @Scalabrine!
🏀Latest on Damian Lillard
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📻 Listen on the SXM App siriusxm.us/NBARadioLive
📺 Watch on the NBA App app.link.nba.com/Sirius-2 pic.twitter.com/9CVDXCd8A47:16 AM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Sixers beat reporter drama!?
Tobias Harris, VanVleet, Harden, Lillard.
All the latest
libertyballers.com/2023/6/27/2377…1:14 AM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Blazers’ eagerness to keep Lillard -unlike, say, Packers with Rodgers this year-and not embrace a rebuild in stacked West reinforces notion that they’re not going to roll over and quickly accept whatever trade package a team cobbles together, even if he asks out. Could take time – 10:27 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
For the record I continue to believe Miami’s possible trade package for Damian Lillard is better than it’s getting credit for.
I would love to have their picks way in the future when Dame and Jimmy have aged out of stardom and Pat Riley is potentially retired. – 10:16 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
Statement from Portland Trail Blazers GM Joe Cronin 👀
“I met with Dame and Aaron Goodwin this afternoon. We had a great dialogue. We remain committed to building a winner around Dame.”
(h/t @highkin) pic.twitter.com/WaDAzsUwx410:09 PM
Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
Every time I see something these days that mentions Damian Lillard & Portland, Gladys Knight starts playing in my head: “Neither one of us…wants to be the first to say…” – 10:05 PM
Casey Holdahl @CHold
Statement from Joe Cronin, @trailblazers GM:
“I met with Dame and Aaron Goodwin this afternoon. We had a great dialogue. We remain committed to building a winner around Dame.” – 10:03 PM
Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Dice el GG Joe Cronin de @TrailBlazers: “Me reuní con Dame y con [su representante] Aaron Goodwin esta tarde. Sostuvimos un gran diálogo. Permanecemos comprometidos a construir un equipo ganador alrededor de Dame”.
¿Y las adquisiciones para cuándo? pic.twitter.com/8MIziFbn9210:03 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Portland Trail Blazers GM Joe Cronin issues statement on meeting with Damian Lillard: “I met with Dame and Aaron Goodwin this afternoon. We had a great dialogue. We remain committed to building a winner around Dame.” – 9:52 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Statement from Blazers GM Joe Cronin regarding today’s meeting with Damian Lillard and his agent.
“I met with Dame and Aaron Goodwin this afternoon. We had a great dialogue. We remain committed to building a winner around Dame.”
#Ripcity pic.twitter.com/HrrqxLPEuO9:49 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Statement from Blazers general manager Joe Cronin to me:
“I met with Dame and Aaron Goodwin this afternoon. We had a great dialogue. We remain committed to building a winner around Dame.” – 9:41 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
From Kyrie to Lopez to Vic to Max to Gabe to Love to free agent minimum options and a lot more, asking and answering 10 questions about what the Heat can and cannot do this offseason. And where Lillard situation stands: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…7:30 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Why is Damian Lillard universally considered the greatest Trail Blazer of all time when Clyde Drexler took them to the Finals twice and Bill Walton won them a title?
Definitely a franchise icon. Definitely on their Mount Rushmore. Not at all his fault they didn’t win more. But… – 7:17 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
It comes down to this: It’s hard to blame Joe Cronin for not trading the third pick when a good deal wasn’t out there. It’s also hard to blame Damian Lillard for feeling like he’s Brett Favre and the Blazers just drafted Aaron Rodgers.
Column: rosegardenreport.com/p/damian-lilla…6:58 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Spurs got Wemby and have a mountain of cap space.
Rockets seem determined not to suck next year.
Jazz were a playoff team before the deadline last year and just added Collins.
Blazers (for now) still have Dame.
Who is finishing in last in the West next year? – 6:34 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
As someone who’s covering the Dame situation and is close to it: I just want to know one way or the other so I can figure out how to cover the team going forward. If he doesn’t ask out now, I never want to hear about it again for the rest of his career. – 6:26 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
The Blazers problem at hand:
They tanked twice to gain high picks to trade for vets to help Dame win now.
Instead, they added 2 teens who MIGHT have the Blazers in contention in 2026-27.
That does zero for Dame today. Joe made promises. Dame gave him 18 months.
Now what? – 6:20 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Dame saw the Jaime Jaquez film too and said ‘nah they’re too stacked now’ – 6:07 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
explaining all the new damian lillard updates pic.twitter.com/D6E9JjQfUg5:59 PM

More on this storyline

Clutch Points: “This was the meeting that a lot of the league was watching to see if Damian Lillard requested a trade, and he absolutely did not. In fact, from what I understand, the tender of the meeting was that he doesn’t want to put pressure on the Blazers, that he wants to see what they do in free agency, and that he’s going to give them time to do that. So this is an interesting strategic move. He said at the end of the season ‘give me veterans’. The Draft came and went, but no veterans. He’s still not pressing from what I’ve been told.” — Brian Windhorst pic.twitter.com/2oQSKGkkfc -via Twitter @ClutchPointsApp / June 27, 2023
It seems Lillard is waiting it out to see the Trail Blazers’ plan in free agency. That could cause some teams waiting to see if he would request a trade to move on. “He said at the end of the season, ‘get me veterans,’” Windhorst said on Get Up, according to Wells. “The draft came and went, no veterans. He’s still not pressing, from what I’ve been told. That he’s still going to give the Blazers every opportunity to work through this free-agency process this week, whether it’s through trades or signing players. Now, I would tell you that this is going to potentially cause some teams who were going to make offers for him to have to move on with business. They were waiting to see whether Dame Lillard was going to be on the market before they started to make moves this week.” -via Clutch Points / June 27, 2023

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