A mystery team has entered the trade auction for Damian Lillard, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN, who made the announcement on “NBA Today” on Monday. But it’s safe to assume that Lillard would have no interest in playing for the Golden State Warriors if they were that team.
When Lillard joined the “It Is What It Is” podcast on Tuesday, he expressed gratitude to the Warriors for their sustained success but vehemently rejected the thought of joining the team.
“I respect what they’ve been doing over the last eight, nine years or whatever, and I’m from there obviously. That’s home. But I can’t go be a part of that,” the Oakland native said. “They won four championships. What I look like going to try to do that?”
Later on, Lillard continued, “It doesn’t even make sense. I would never act in such a way. Every year before I die, I would lose.
Golden State has won four NBA championships in the past nine seasons, making them one of the most well-known sports dynasties in recent memory. However, would begging to join a Miami Heat team that has participated in consecutive NBA Finals series over the past four years be much worse to one’s history than playing alongside the elderly combination of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson?
Despite this, the seven-time All-Star, who received a trade request from the Blazers in July, is unyielding in his determination to move to South Beach. Although Miami is still considered to be the frontrunner to acquire Lillard, Portland’s extraordinarily high demands would probably cause trade negotiations with the Heat.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports that Portland wants a deal akin to the one the Brooklyn Nets obtained from the Phoenix Suns for Kevin Durant.
On the “Hoop Collective” podcast on Monday, Windhorst stated, “They want the Heat to literally scrounge into every nook and crevice and produce everything they possibly can.”