There were trade rumors circulating around the NBA recently about where Damian Lillard would prefer to go if he requests a trade. The Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks were among those who entered the conversation. Lillard has denied his intention of requesting a trade but that might not be the case this offseason, but it remains something to monitor.
The Portland Trail Blazers were eliminated in the first round of the postseason once again this year. This marks the fourth time in five years that the Blazers were unable to advance and Lillard could begin getting impatient with the current situation.
If this is the case, Lillard could request a trade and look for a new team at this point in his career. Portland would be able to get a huge return for one of the best players in the league.
The New York Knicks should be way in on a player like a Lillard. They had a surprise year and finished fourth in the Eastern Conference with 41 victories. New York was eliminated in five games by the Atlanta Hawks but showed that the future could be bright with Tom Thibodeau on the sideline.
Julius Randle and RJ Barrett have created a strong core and now the Knicks need that star name to take them to the next level. If it is a point guard, that checks two boxes that New York has needed for years.
The front office in New York has missed out on plenty of big names in the past but need to continue to be aggressive. Let’s look at a potential NBA trade scenario centered around Damian Lillard that would land him with the New York Knicks.