RUMOR: Rival teams still eyeing trades for Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal
Despite the fact that both Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal have been nothing but loyal to their respective teams, word around the league is that they still remain to be the superstars that are most likely to be traded in the near future. The Portland Trail Blazers and the Washington Wizards, respectively, do not appear to be interested in letting their stars leave anytime soon, but for some reason, the rumors just won’t die down.
According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, several teams from around the league are still monitoring Lillard and Beal’s situations with their respective teams. The same goes for the Chicago Bull’s Zach LaVine:
Now, when you talk to executives around the league, all eyes are centered on Beal, Damian Lillard, and Zach LaVine as the guys that they’re keeping tabs on for the next potential star who could be moved.
Damian Lillard has been one of, if not the most loyal player in today’s NBA. Nevertheless, he has still been linked to a move away from Portland. Dame seems to be happy with his current situation with the Blazers, but this has done nothing to fend off interest from opposing teams.
The situations of Beal and LaVine are quite different, though. Both players could enter free agency next summer. Unless the Wizards and the Bulls, respectively, are able to sign them to an extension in the near future, they will risk losing their star for nothing after this season.
Movement around the NBA has been relatively quiet of late and it feels like things have already settled down. Then again, a shocking blockbuster trade could still be around the corner.