ThePortland Trail Blazersclaim they won t take Damian Lillard s preferences into consideration when listening to offers for his contract.
Lillard has made it loud and clear that he wants to play for the Miami Heat and the Miami Heat only, but they might not have the best possible offer for his services.
He doesn t have a no-trade clause, so the Blazers pretty much hold his destiny in their hands, and they could choose to trade him to whichever team submits the highest bid.
Nonetheless, Nick Wright still believes Lillard will get what he wants and be traded to the Heat, as that s just the way business is conducted nowadays.
“Damian Lillard is going to end up on the Miami Heat.”
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Wright explains that teams like the Utah Jazz or New Orleans Pelicans who were reportedly interested in trading for him won t even bother making a Godfather-like offer because they know he doesn t want to be there.
He adds that no one wants to have an unhappy superstar, citing that only the Philadelphia 76ers could have a slim chance to pry him away from South Beach.
Truth be told, the player empowerment era has pretty much made things this way for years now, so what he says makes perfect sense.
Even without a no-trade clause, all Lillard has to say is, I don t want to play for you guys, and all teams will pretty much back off from even making an offer for his services.
Lillard will most likely play for the Heat; that s just the way things go down in today s NBA.