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Lillard Leaves For Milwaukee

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Damian Lillard will finally be traded to the Milwaukee Milwaukee Bucks as part of a three-team deal that also involves the Phoenix Suns. Lillard's departure has changed the way many pundits and fans were anticipating the potential trade of the Portland player.

Blazers trade Lillard to the Bucks

The Portland Trail Blazers will receive Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara and draft capital in the deal, while Phoenix will get Jusuf Nurkic, Grayson Allen, Nassir Little and Keon Johnson.

The move represents a significant surprise for Lillard, who spent the offseason pushing for a trade to the Miami Heat specifically. Instead, he lands with the Bucks more than two months after submitting a trade request.

The Bucks receive Lillard and for their part, the Blazers will not only welcome back Holiday, Ayton and Camara, but also receive a first-round pick from the Bucks in 2029, plus trade rights on the Bucks' 2028 and 2030 picks.

The Blazers are expected to trade veteran All-Star Holiday to another team as Portland begins a rebuild around No. 3 pick Scoot Henderson.

Lillard, a seven-time All-Star, can provide the Bucks with tremendous spacing thanks to his famed long-range shooting.

Only Stephen Curry and James Harden can surpass the 2,387 three-pointers he has made since entering the league.

While his career average of 37.2% from long distance is not necessarily elite on paper, he has had to take tough shots on a consistent basis due to the roster around him.

He will now join Giannis Antetokounmpo, who demands as much attention under the rim as any player in the league and regularly draws double and triple defenders on his penetrations.

Lillard and Khris Middleton should be able to take advantage of open shots for a dynamic Bucks team that will be hard to stop when they are in sync in the 2023-24 season.

The Effects of Transferring a Star Like Lillard

When Lillard initially asked for a trade in July, it was immediately clear that he had his heart set on one team: the Miami Heat. This was confirmed by Lillard's agent, Aaron Goodwin.

In the end, the Bucks defied Lillard's desire to join the Heat and finalized the trade themselves. Lillard posted on social media that he plans to approach Blazers fans in a sincere manner.

Now, the Heat will be left with the task of putting the pieces back together after an offseason built around a trade that ultimately failed to materialize.

Miami still has two roster spots available, which it was probably reserving for flexibility in a potential deal.

The Heat lost key free agents Max Strus and Gabe Vincent in July, and with virtually all other top free agents already off the market, they have no means to replace them externally.

The Heat's quest for their third Finals appearance in five years just got significantly more difficult.

Meanwhile, the Blazers will finally advance after more than a decade with Lillard as their franchise player.

In 11 seasons, Lillard led the Blazers to the playoffs eight times. However, they never made it beyond the Western Conference Finals and, after two years out of the playoffs, it was time for the two sides to part ways.

Portland will now rebuild around Henderson and Shaedon Sharpe, while Lillard begins the next phase of his career in Milwaukee.

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