NBA odds: Knicks still favorite for Damian Lillard if Blazers trade him
There was plenty of Damian Lillard drama last week, with one report suggesting a trade demand to the Portland Trail Blazers would be coming soon. While Lillard publicly denied that and said he expects to be in a Blazers uniform to start next season, he made it known that he’s not satisfied with where the team is at and would like to see more changes. The star point guard did say he hasn’t actually 100% decided on his future yet, leaving the trade door slightly open.
With this in mind, BetOnline.ag has new odds on Lillard’s next team if the Blazers decide to trade him. The New York Knicks remain the favorite, just as they were last month after Portland was eliminated from the playoffs by the Denver Nuggets. The Knicks are at +160 to be Damian Lillard’s next team.
The Philadelphia 76ers aren’t far behind at +225, which isn’t surprising given the Ben Simmons trade rumors. The Golden State Warriors are next at +400, and it has been rumored that they’ve discussed the possibility of a deal.
The Miami Heat (+700), Los Angeles Clippers (+750) and Los Angeles Lakers are all bunched together (+750). It’s hard to see the L.A. teams having what it takes to get a Lillard trade done, but never say never.
Rounding out the list are the Dallas Mavericks, (+900), Boston Celtics (+1200) and Toronto Raptors (+1200. There are other teams with tons of assets like the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder that could get in on these sweepstakes as well, but Lillard might not want to go to those teams. In a Lillard trade, one would assume the Blazers would at least kind of try to get Dame to somewhere on his preferred list.
Of course, as of right now, it doesn’t seem as if Damian Lillard will be traded this offseason. But these things can change quickly, and suitors will be anxiously waiting to see if he winds up making a demand.