Why Damian Lillard is Going to the New York Knicks
Damian Lillard is done in Portland. Lillard has spent his career trying to bring superstars to the Portland Trailblazers. But after a disappointing exit in the NBA playoffs, he is making a move. Although the Blazers do not want to lose him, he is going to request a trade. There is no doubt that Dame wants to make a splash and that will happen in New York when he gets traded to the Knicks.
Although reports suggest he does not want a trade…
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Damian Lillard says after <a href=”https://twitter.com/usabasketball?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@usabasketball</a> practice that reports he has plans to soon request a trade are "not true."</p>— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) <a href=”https://twitter.com/TheSteinLine/status/1416136635939319810?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 16, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
There is no doubt he wants out of Portland and he is already eyeing his landing spot.
What do the Odds say?
If you believe the NBA trade odds posted at BetUS, the Philadelphia Sixers are the favorites to get Damian Lillard. But right behind the Sixers are the Knicks, Heat, and the Warriors. The odds are wrong, so bet it now.
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Philadelphia is only the favorite according to the odds because it is clear they are ready to trade Ben Simmons. Odds on the 76ers Making a Ben Simmons Trade. It may be an obvious spot because the Sixers want to make a trade, but Lillard wants to go to the Big Apple. Although Philly is an incredible sports town, New York is everything that Dame has ever wanted and he will be traded to the Knicks.
The Potential Trade(s)
When it comes to Damian Lillard to the Knicks, the pieces have to fit. The options are obviously endless, but there have been a few theories scattered about and they really do make sense. The Knicks have the players and the picks to get this done.
— Daily Knicks (@DailyKnicksFS) July 18, 2021
Why the Knicks?
Dame has been unselfish his entire career. This New York had a playoff team. Although they were not spectacular, they received great attention from the league and the fans. Perhaps more attention than Dame did when his team lost in the first round. He can attract star players and he will be playing the mecca of basketball and going up against the Brooklyn Big 3.
Portland will do this because the Knicks will go all out for a superstar. The Post has reported the Knicks likely would be amenable to trading three first-round picks. Say less. Dame Lillard is going to play for the Knicks.