The Heat want Damian Lillard and Lillard wants the Heat. But the Trail Blazers don’t seem willing to do anything about it.
That appears to be where we stood earlier this week, as the Blazers are showing “no interest” in a potential Lillard trade to Miami, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Round and round this goes, how it ends, nobody knows. But many suspect it will eventually end with Lillard in a Heat uniform. How that happens, though, is anyone’s guess. And right now, the Blazers are holding firm in their demand for pieces that would make a splash.
For the record, Lillard requested a trade, specifically to the Heat, and the ides have indeed spoken multiple times since. But that was back on July 1. We are now in the middle of August.
Perhaps now people are taking Portland GM Joe Cronin seriously after he predicted that a Lillard trade could take “months” to execute.
One player the Heat are supposedly willing to surrender in exchange for Lillard: Standout guard Tyler Herro. But with a full roster of talented, young guards — including No. 3 overall draft pick Scoot Henderson — the Blazers aren’t looking to implement Herro into their backcourt.
Or so they say.
After all, if the Blazers were planning to bring back Lillard, what makes you think they wouldn’t want Herro? The media, that’s who.
Herro’s defense has all been called into question. But again, it’s not like Lillard is some lockdown defender himself. Quite the contrary.
Anyway, the point is we don’t really know what the Blazers are seeking or if the Heat are even looking o ship out Herro.
All we really know is that the Blazers have yet to be impressed with anything the Heat has to offer. And the longer this goes on, the longer it will take at least one more team for Lillard and the Heat to get their wish.