Woj: The Blazers will cast a 'wide net' for a trade partner for Damian Lillard | SportsCenterJul 02, 2023
Kobe Bryant Dirk Nowitzki Tim Duncan Hall of Famers, the best of all time at their positions who played for a single franchise, it seemed like Damian Lillard was going to have that kind of career with the Blazers, their super teams of pinks and stars teamed up to chase championships. Lillard's message. I've always been clear that I'll be in Portland if you want to team up with me, but now Lillard wanting out and requesting a
tradeas faithful as he has been to the Rose City's playoff success has been a thorny issue. Bryant Nowitzki and Duncan won titles. but Lillard has never been to the NBA Finals and has only reached the Conference Finals once individually.
He has done it all. In fact, Lillard makes a strong case for being the best player in Blazers history, as he has the most points, three-pointers, and free throws in franchise history. In addition to the second-most assists, Lillard's nearly 2,400 made six 3-pointers in NBA history and he'll likely crack the top four next season for more. Let's welcome Adrian Wojanowski once again, so Adrian and I never really thought we'd see. this, but now that Dame Lillard has requested a
tradefrom Portland, what is the team's approach to this deal, are you Stan, you get a sense of it in the statement that Blazers general manager Joe Joe Crone was a problem tonight, uh, which was essentially that. that the team is going to do what is best for the organization and Damian Lillard has told the Blazers that he would like a trade to the Miami Heat and has spoken to the teams that have spoken to the Blazers front office today since the trade request from Lillard.
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It was very clear to them that in Portland they are looking far beyond the Miami Heat, they want to recover the best possible package of assets for Damian Lillard, unlike Bradley Beal, who had a no-trade clause that Damon Lillard does not have. He doesn't have a no-trade clause again, he's under contract for several years and therefore doesn't have the threat of, well, if I get traded to a team, I'll be a free agent in a year and I'll just be gone. about them, he doesn't have that either, Portland, uh, they can't necessarily take into consideration what Damian Lillard wants, they have to do the right thing to rebuild their future and so, that's why they're going to
willbe open to all possibilities with Damian Lillard and they
willnow spend their time looking at what is available to them on the market, what are the type of offers that they will be able to examine and could certainly be a long process in the meantime, Dante Divincenzo spent last year with the Warriors primarily with the second unit, he started a few due to injury. He is on the move. Now, where did he go, four years, $50 million for Dante Divincenzo with the New York Knicks, where he reunites with two of his Villanova teammates, Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart, they won, they won national championships together in Nova and now the three of them are back together at Madison Square Garden, you know, for Divicenzo, who started 66 games for the Milwaukee Bucks and their championship season.
This was certainly a contract, an opportunity, you know, that was worth it. You've seen him grow constantly. I had a really great season with the Golden State Warriors up to this value and now he lands with the Knicks for four years, $50 million and that was a player that a lot of teams targeted with their mid-level exception, but upon returning to New York , his familiarity, you know, with two of his key players, uh, it's a wild gathering at Madison Square Garden, yeah, and his gritty defense will play well there at the Garden with those fans, well, we always appreciate that, I appreciate that. , Stan, okay, those guys playing across the street from where Stan is sitting, we're pretty busy, the Lakers gave Austin Reeves a four-year extension worth 56 million, he broke into his second NBA.
The season started every game for them in the postseason, while his teammate on defense, D'Angelo Russell, returns on a two-year contract. Russell was originally drafted by the Lakers, as you may remember, back in 2015 and was reacquired by them in a blockbuster trade in February. February was when Lamelo Ball's season ended with an ankle injury, but the Hornets had seen enough to realize the impact this guy had. Five-year rookie Max from Charlotte on Saturday won't turn 22 until next month. he's pairing No Doubt with a couple of nice young studs Charlotte just added to the draft. The Bucks are bringing back their two key free agents after agreeing to terms on a two-year, $48 million contract with Brooke Lopez, a day after retaining Chris.
Middleton and Moe Wagner will stay with their brother in Orlando for two more years and Russell Westbrook, who is involved in the D'Angelo Russell trade that I mentioned, we'll be back with the Clippers for two years for just under eight million, has been a Busy 24 hours for the Pacers more on all their accumulated efforts here in a minute the latest move traded for Obi toppen struggled to get consistent playing time with the Knicks we'll get a pair of second round picks in exchange for coverages and New York The native selected with much fanfare, the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, simply didn't work out for him there, so the Pacers have been busy this offseason and also agreed to a five-year rookie, Max, with Tyrese Halliburton, who could be worth up to $260 million depending on making an NBA team, also agreed to terms with newly minted NBA champion Bruce Brown and acquired eighth overall pick Jairus Walker. , a stud out of the University of Houston on draft nights when the Rockets have been very busy.
They also added a couple more free agents on Saturday, agreeing to a four-year deal worth $80 million. Swing Man Dylan Brooks played his first six seasons in Memphis and emerged as a top-tier, second-team, all-defense perimeter defender last season, but his penchant for antagonism and poor shot selection led to the Grizzlies to let him walk. Houston also added a big man for the new coach. Email udoka Adrian wojanowski reports that they also agreed to a four-year contract with the Lawndale athlete. He is worth $32 million total, except only the first year is guaranteed. Lawndale entering his third season averaged seven points on four rebounds off the bench last season after playing the previous season in San Antonio.
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