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The NBA offseason is currently in the dog days of summer, where not much happens in the league outside of a few free-agent signings here and there and maybe a trade or two, but nothing substantial really goes on this time of year.
Unlike in the past, this summer, the league has two superstar players wondering where they might be suiting up next season, with James Harden and Damian Lillard asking their respective teams to trade them before the 2023-24 campaign gets underway.
Even though both players are potential game-changers for wherever they might land this summer, no deals have come to fruition despite each superstar letting it be known where they want to be traded to this offseason.
Harden wants to play for his hometown Los Angeles Clippers, while Portland Trail Blazers loyalist Lillard wants to end up playing alongside Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo on the Miami Heat.
Unfortunately for Lillard, the Heat haven’t been able to come up with a trade package that has the Blazers ready to make a deal, but Heat insider Greg Sylvander has made the following suggestion in which Miami keeps Tyler Herro, via NBACentral.
There’s a potential pathway for the Heat to keep Tyler Herro in a Damian Lillard trade, per @GregSylvander
Heat receive:Damian LillardJusuf Nurkic
Heat send out:Kyle LowryDuncan RobinsonCaleb MartinNikola JovicJaime Jacquez Jr.First round picksFirst round pick… pic.twitter.com/85Cni0OnNj
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) July 25, 2023
The Heat aren’t trading Butler, nor are they moving Adebayo to get Lillard, and the Blazers superstar doesn’t want that either, as he wants to play alongside these two stars in order to form a legitimate title contender in the Eastern Conference.
That said, the attention immediately turns to Herro, who is arguably the third-best player on the team and young enough to intrigue opposing teams to make a deal.
However, it doesn’t seem as though Portland wants Herro, meaning a third or fourth team needs to get involved unless they go with Sylvander’s suggestion.
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