What the Lillard Trade Means for the NBA

Damian Lillard has finally been traded. The Milwaukee Bucks seemingly came out of nowhere to land the seven-time NBA All Star. This came after the Bucks’ star Giannis Antetokounmpo had been talking about his future in Milwaukee.

Initially, after Lillard’s trade request, he said he only would play for the Miami Heat. This forced Portland to be locked in to one team as a trade partner. They obviously didn’t like what Miami had to offer and once a championship-contending team like Milwaukee came along as a trade partner, the Blazers jumped on it. It is a situation where Damian should want to play in and compete for a championship as soon as this year in the East.

This trade should put Milwaukee as one of the top teams to win the championship now. They had to give up Jrue Holiday who is a standout defender and a bunch of picks. Portland will likely trade Holiday to acquire more picks and assets.

To make this trade work the Phoenix Suns got involved and took Jusuf Nurkic from the Blazers in return for DeAndre Ayton. This may have made the Suns better as well. Right now it looks like the Bucks, Suns, and Denver Nuggets are the favorites to win the championship after this massive trade went down.

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