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Trail Blazers haven’t made Damian Lillard available for a trade

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The Portland Trail Blazers have put their stake in the ground when it comes to a Damian Lillard trade. According to NBA insider Zach Lowe, Portland has not made their superstar point guard available in trade talks. Furthermore, Lowe has echoed that Lillard has not issued a trade request to the organization.

For now, he remains in Portland. However, the potential of a trade materializing still stands. Lillard has made it clear that he wants to win, and many still scoff at the possibility of that happening with his current team. Understanding this, teams around the league continue to monitor the situation, hoping that Lillard’s loyalty to the Trail Blazers wanes over time.

According to Lowe, the two teams at the forefront of trade speculations include the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks.

“There is a good chance the Lillard trade war, should it ever happen, comes down to the Sixers and New York Knicks… If it’s Philly versus New York, the Sixers have an edge that will expire on Dec. 15 at the earliest.”

Zach Lowe

For Philadelphia, their pursuit of a Ben Simmons trade goes on. Meanwhile, the Knicks look to build up their team’s ceiling by acquiring superstar talent. Regardless of either team’s ambitions, their chances of landing the perennial all-star stay at a low level. Only Damian Lillard will determine if and when he seeks out a new home.

Damian Lillard trade rumors

Some have thought that Lillard should look to play elsewhere before this offseason. However, he never gave their wishes any credence until recently. The Trail Blazers failed to advance past the first round of the NBA playoffs in 2021. Their season ended at the hands of a Denver Nuggets team missing their starting point guard, Jamal Murray.

He followed suit this offseason by scarcely hinting at the idea that he may soon look to move on. As time passed and speculations grew, he tampered down the commotion by denying reports that he would ask to be traded. Today, the situation still seems uneasy, but all signs suggest that Lillard remains committed to Rip-City.

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