The Portland Trail Blazers have reportedly traded Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks. The news of Damian Lillard being traded, first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Woljnarowski, is a seismic change to the NBA landscape.
Damian Lillard being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks
The Lillard era in Portland.
The Blazers have had Lillard ever since his 1st round Draft in 2012 NBA Draft. He has rapidly grown to be a successful and popular franchise player.
Lillard was chosen seven times on the All Star team and six times on the All NBA Team. In 6 out of ten seasons in Portland, he’s also steered the Blazers into the playoffs.
Lillard hasn’t led the Blazers beyond the Western Conference Finals. Lillard reportedly wants to be traded to a team much more likely to win a championship, because of this.
Bucks’ championship aspirations
The Bucks have become one of the more successful NBA teams in recent years. In 2021, they became victorious in the NBA championship and continue to be a dominating force in the league ever since.
The Bucks are coached by two time MVP, Giannis Antetounmpo. Additionally, they boast a good supporting cast featuring Jrue Holiday (center), Kharis Middleton (center) and Brook Lopez (center).
The Bucks now have one of the NBA’s most explosive offenses with Lillard. Lillard is a gifted passer and scorer who is able to both take his own shot and position his teammates.
Without Lillard, the Blazers enter a different era. The trade for Lillard signifies that the Blazers are rebuilding.
The trade is going to see the Blazers obtaining a package of players from the Bucks along with draft picks. The package is going to likely consist of an upside young player and a possible first – round draft pick.
Free agents may also be for sale for the Blazers to sign in the offseason. The Blazers possess considerable cap room and also may utilize it to sign a top scorer to take the spot of Lillard.
Damian Lillard being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks – Conclusion
Damian Lillard trade from Portland Trail Blazers (left) to Milwaukee Bucks (right) is a significant move which alters the NBA landscape significantly.
Both teams gain from the trade. The Bucks obtain an experienced scorer as well as passer who could help them in obtaining a championship. The Blazers get a set of players and draft picks that may help them rebuild.
An era in Portland also concludes with the trade. Lillard continues to be a well known and successful Blazers player all through the franchise’s history. The Blazers haven’t won a championship since Lillard was in charge.
The Blazers have arrived at a brand new era sans Lillard. In the upcoming years the Blazers are going to likely be rebuilding.