The Heat have been trying to put together a trade package for Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard that would send Miami guard Tyler Herro to a third team, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The framework of a Heat package would also include three to four first-round picks and a younger player, Charania added.
Lillard requested a trade to the Heat a month ago and agent Aaron Goodwin has been vocal about Miami being the only destination.
“There remains no shift in Lillard’s mindset and his goal of playing for the Miami Heat in the wake of the league’s initiative to warn Lillard and his agent that any further comments made ‘suggesting Lillard will not fully perform the services called for under his player contract in the event of a trade’ will be subject to discipline, according to sources,” Charania and The Athletic staff wrote. “It was also a warning to other players and agents.”
Those around the league seem to believe it will take a third team to get Lillard to his preferred destination. The Blazers are said to be seeking multiple first-round picks and at least one young player for Lillard.
But Portland GM Joe Cronin has cautioned that a Lillard trade could take months, and with the way things have shaped up lately, it’s easy to believe him. Clearly, Portland is in no hurry.