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The Damian Lillard sweepstakes are over, with the Milwaukee Bucks coming out on top after the team acquired the superstar guard to play alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo for the foreseeable future.
With Lillard unexpectedly landing in Milwaukee, a few teams around the NBA are disappointed they weren’t able to make a trade for the future Hall of Famer, namely the Miami Heat.
Throughout the entire process of the Lillard trade saga, the Heat appeared to be the favorite to land the perennial All-Star, with the 33-year-old telling the Blazers that he wanted to play in Miami alongside Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.
For whatever reason, the Blazers didn’t want to make a deal with the Heat, which opened the door for other teams that might be able to offer a better trade package.
Although the Heat are almost certainly the most disappointed team today, Nick Wright of FOX Sports makes the case that the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers should be equally disappointed, via “First Things First.”
“Yes, Miami is the most disappointed right now. But aren’t the next 2 most disappointed teams Philly and Boston?”
— @getnickwright on if he’s surprised Dame didn’t end up with the Heat: pic.twitter.com/HwbvOFgmPu
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) September 27, 2023
Lillard would’ve been a great fit for the 76ers or Celtics, as he would’ve given both teams added firepower in the backcourt while taking the pressure off stars like Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown.
Now Lillard will be doing that for Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee, with a talented squad around him that also includes Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez.
As of right now, the Bucks have the best roster in the league on paper, but only time will tell if this trade pays off in terms of Milwaukee becoming the team to beat in the NBA for years to come.
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