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Lillard and Howard Target New Teams

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As trade talks involving Damian Lillard continue to intensify, the expected high-profile deal for the Trail Blazers star may finally be close to fruition.

On the other hand, Los Angeles Lakers star and former player Dwight Howard could be returning to the NBA. However, it seems that he would not be doing so with the team that seemed to be targeting his services.

Lillard Still Awaiting Exit from Portland

Appearing on a major program Monday, several analysts gave a hard-hitting update on Lillard, stating that several general managers around the league expect the seven-time All-Star to transfer.

The transfer is expected to be confirmed before NBA media day on October 2.

Lillard has long preferred a trade to the Miami Heat. But with Miami momentarily still out of a deal, it will be fascinating to see if Spears' statement comes true while the point guard's future remains up in the air.

Given that next Monday's media day will mark four months since his trade request, Lillard could finally find himself out of Portland after 11 years.

There have been no major developments in Lillard's trade request and it doesn't appear that the team is any closer to closing a deal.

It is widely known that Lillard wants to be traded to Miami, but Portland has not been thrilled with the Heat's trade offer for the All-Star. As a result, the situation has stalled on both sides.

Market for Lillard Continues to Shrink

Several reporters have reported that the Blazers have talked to other teams around the league about Lillard, but because of Lillard's public comments about his preference to play in Miami, there has not been enough significant interest to generate a legitimate market for the player.

Several analysts also report that, if Lillard is traded somewhere other than Miami, he would still ask to transfer to the Heat.

Lillard's focus on Miami puts Portland in a difficult situation because most teams will not want to trade for him if they are not guaranteed he would play there.

Given all this, it looks like Lillard will end up in Miami, it's just a matter of when.

The Heat have to offer a better trade package than Tyler Herro and some picks, something that could only realistically happen if a third team is involved to send the Blazers what they want.

But finding that third trading partner is tricky. For now it looks like Lillard, Portland and Miami will continue to wait until one side changes what it wants.

With training camps around the league starting as soon as next week, perhaps we'll get more action around this trade request. We'd also be waiting to see if Lillard shows up for Portland's training camp.

Howard Will Not Play for Warriors

If Howard does return to the NBA this season, all signs point to it not being with the Golden State Warriors. After a two-day visit with Golden State, the Warriors have opted not to sign the free agent center, according to multiple reports.

As reported by several analysts on Friday, the Warriors are not expected to sign Howard or any other veteran center before the start of training camp.

Howard had a two-day visit with the Warriors this week, which included meetings and workouts. However, the Warriors plan to maintain flexibility to possibly sign a center later in training camp or during the regular season.

Several experts also anticipate that Howard will explore talks with other teams interested in a possible return to the NBA within the next week or so.

Howard, who will turn 38 in December, last played in the NBA with the Lakers in 2021. In 60 appearances in Los Angeles that season, Howard averaged 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Howard spent last season in Taiwan, where he averaged 23.2 points, 16.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game for the Taoyuan Leopards.

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