Heat have no advantage in trading for Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard has said it publicly before requesting a trade from the Trail Blazers that he would like to be sent to Miami. Reportedly, he has communicated the same to Portland.

According to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Blazers are not going to cooperated with their departing star in trying to get him traded to the Heat. Instead, the team will look for the best deal it can get for Lillard.

“The Blazers front office, their organization they made it clear to teams who called yesterday about Damian Lillard that they are open for business everywhere in the league on him.

“Now our Marc Spears reported that Damian Lillard wants to play for the Miami Heat, that he has told the Blazers that. But he does not have a no-trade clause in the way that Bradley Beal did. He does not get to control where he goes next.

“And for Portland, they’re going to go out in the market place and try to find the best deal they can – a combination of young players, draft picks, salary cap relief – all the things you want when a star of Damian Lillard’s magnitude asks to be traded.

“So I think this will not be a quick process and Miami does not have any advantage in trying to get a trade for Damian Lillard.’