Even for the NBA’s last franchise star, Damian Lillard, the “romance of basketball” is crumbling. The relationship between Lillard and Portland is going downhill.
On April 4 (KST), CBS Sports reported, “Portland and Damian Lillard had a serious meeting. The two sides did not come to an agreement. Lillard has already asked to be traded to Miami, and Portland is considering Miami a non-starter.
It’s a strange situation. Last season, Portland failed to make the PO. With Bradley Beal gone from Washington, Lillard is the only franchise star left in the NBA.
Lillard was Portland’s absolute ace and one-club man. Even as superstars like LeBron James, James Harden, Kevin Durant, and others have moved on to form “superteams,” Lillard says, “I don’t want to be involved in the management of the organization. I just want to win a championship in Portland 메이저놀이터순위.
However, after last season, Lillard has pulled out the knife: He wants to strengthen Portland’s roster. He wants to invest aggressively in winning and bring in veteran superstars.
However, things are looking increasingly bleak in Portland. Portland drafted Scooter Henderson, who has been described as the next Derrick Rose and the next Russell Westbrook. San Antonio, with the No. 1 pick, unsurprisingly selected Victor Wembanyama, and Charlotte, with the No. 2 pick, did not select Scott Henderson. In the end, Portland, with the third pick, made the “big move. With generational potential, Scott Henderson was too good to be traded away.
Portland was faced with a dilemma. Portland wants to retool around Lillard and Henderson, but Lillard doesn’t have much time left. In the end, the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement.
Eventually, Lillard officially requested a trade to Miami, but the Heat don’t have much to offer. They’re trying to center a trade around Tyler Hiro, but it’s not easy.