Damian Lillard may be getting closer to his South Beach dream.
With Blazers star Damian Lillard only having eyes on the Heat in the trade, the Heat is slowly moving toward the high price the Blazers have set for the franchise point guard, according to Aaron J. Fentress of The Oregonian.
“If the Blazers can come out of this with four first-round picks, at least one or two young talents, and then a salary factor, it should be done,” Ventress said on the “Blazer-Focused” podcast.
“I’m told that right now, Miami has a three-time starter, Tyler Hero, Feller and maybe a young player already [as their offer]Like, ready to go with that. The question is to find that fourth pick from the first round. And if they (the Blazers) don’t want Herro, just find someone who takes Herro and gives you another first-round pick. So you’re in fourth place and at least one young player and payroll filler, maybe even two young players. It’s so close, I’m told, they just have to figure it out. They haven’t spent much time working on it these past two days.”
According to reports, the price of four first-round draft picks along with two “quality” players was the asking price from the start for the Blazers.
Miami’s early offers centered on Herro and pitcher Duncan Robinson along with a pick or two, but that package wasn’t enough for Portland as they prepare to go into a full rebuild around No. 3 pick Scoot Henderson and 20-year-old athletic forward Shaedon Sharp.
Lillard was arguably the greatest player in Portland Trail Blazer history, with the exception of Clyde Drexler.
The seven-time All-Star guard is coming off his best season yet, averaging 32.2 points, 7.3 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Lillard was also selected to the All-NBA Third Team during the 2022-23 campaign, his seventh selection to the All-NBA Team.