Damian Lillard Drama Ends With Him Heading to the Bucks
One of the biggest stories in the NBA offseason has been Damian Lillard. After years of being wishy-washy about if he wanted out of Portland, he finally asked out. The problem was he only wanted to go to the Miami Heat. With the Heat having nothing worthwhile to send back, it led to a standoff between Lillard and the Trail Blazers. But the Blazers finally moved him, just not to the Heat. Adrian Wojnarowski dropped the Woj Bomb to end all Woj Bombs when he broke the news that Damian Lillard was heading to Milwaukee to join Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter: "Lillard goes Milwaukee as part of a 3-team deal with Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara, a 2029 unprotected MIL 1st, and unprotected MIL swap rights in 2028 and 2030 to Blazers. Phoenix lands Jusuf Nurkic, Grayson Allen, Nassir Little and Keon Johnson. https://t.co/Ge0H91AiIA / Twitter"
Lillard goes Milwaukee as part of a 3-team deal with Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara, a 2029 unprotected MIL 1st, and unprotected MIL swap rights in 2028 and 2030 to Blazers. Phoenix lands Jusuf Nurkic, Grayson Allen, Nassir Little and Keon Johnson. https://t.co/Ge0H91AiIA
Obviously not ideal for the Sixers. Not just because some Sixers fans were still holding out hope the Sixers could somehow land Lillard, but because he lands on one of their main competitors for the Eastern Conference. Dame and Giannis will immediately make for one of the most dangerous duos in the NBA. Apparently, after coming up short in the playoffs last year, the Bucks were ready for a big change and shipped out Holiday, Allen, and Picks to bring in a second Super Star.
The implications for the Sixers go beyond just having to deal with the Bucks though. Lillard was firm he would only go to the Bucks, and did not get his way. He still ended up on a great team, but not the team he wanted. The Sixers have their own Super Star in James Harden who has been firm he will only go to the Clippers. Will it impact what eventually happens with Harden? Harden is not the player Lillard is at this point, but still led the league in assists last season. Maybe this shakes things up enough that Harden can be moved to a team besides the Clippers. Or maybe it makes an already angry Harden harder to deal with.
The Sixers as they stand, have no shot to compete with this Bucks team unless Harden decides he actually wants to play. They will need to either convince him to stay or trade him for another Superstar talent, if such a trade is even possible. There were some rumors connecting Zach Lavine to the Sixers earlier, but those never went anywhere. So not the best of news to hear if you are a Sixers fan.
Tracking All The NBA Free Agency News and Moves
NBA Free Agency is always an adventure. Officially “Legal Tampering” begins at 6 pm. But we all know there were talks going on long before then. Every year there are deals suddenly agreed to moments past when teams can officially negotiate. Are we to believe that they negotiated these complicated deals in just a few minutes? It’s why it was ridiculous that the Sixers got penalized multiple second-round picks for “tampering” with James Harden and PJ Tucker. Because everyone tampers.
And we are once again here. And due to the recent Harden news, plus whatever is going on with Tobias Harris, it could be a very interesting free agency for the Sixers. Even if none of the moves they make are technically free agents. It is looking like Harden will be heading to the Clippers. But there is also word the Knicks could be in on him too.
But it is not just the Sixers with a lot of choices to make. Damian Lillard is once again flirting with asking out, though he has not done so yet. Kyrie Irving could be on the move. We already had some big trades with Chris Paul being traded twice and Bradley Beal heading to the Suns. And over this Holiday weekend, there are sure to be many more moves that shake up the NBA.
What are the Sixers going to do? Will they accomplish the dream and land Damian Lillard? Could it be some other star coming back? Or will they get no one of that level back? What about Tobias Harris, could he be moved as he seems to want? And where will all the other big names around the NBA land?
You can keep track of everything the Sixers do, as well as the other big news going on in the NBA Free Agency right here.