Bucks GM on Damian Lillard Trade: ‘These Opportunities are Rare’

It wasn’t what most expected, but Damian Lillard is now officially a member of the Bucks following a three-team trade with the Trail Blazers and Suns.Damian Lillard

Out for Milwaukee are the starting backcourt of Jrue Holiday (to Portland, for now) and Grayson Allen (to Phoenix).

“Damian Lillard is an elite player in our league and someone we’ve long been fans of,” GM Jon Horst said in a press release. “These opportunities are rare and hard to measure and execute. We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity for our community and team, and beyond excited to welcome Damian and his family to the Milwaukee Bucks. His character, competitiveness, talent and experience complement our group and gives us the best chance to win at the very highest level as we create new memories together.”

Horst also said goodbye to Holiday, a key member of the 2021 championship team.

“These are the hardest, most human moments of this business. Jrue was unmatched in his commitment to the Bucks and the Greater Milwaukee community,” Horst said. “He’s truly a champion on and off the court, and we are all thankful for what he and his family have given to our team and city. He and his wife Lauren were steadfast in their efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of so many people. Their leadership and dedication to the community has left an indelible mark and inspired the Bucks organization for years to come.”

Horst added that the Bucks “are grateful to Grayson for his many contributions to the Bucks. He added to the winning culture in Milwaukee, and we wish him great success.”

Lillard has been angling for a trade to the Heat all summer. But said he’s “excited” to join Milwaukee, where he will team with Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Looking for the latest NBA Insider News & Rumors?

Be sure to follow Hoops Wire on TWITTER and FACEBOOK for breaking NBA News and Rumors for all 30 teams!

Leave a Reply