The Portland Trail Blazers are again actively looking to deal their superstar point guard Damian Lillard and they may be moving close to completing a blockbuster trade as the regular season, and training campl quickly approach.
According to Portland 1080 The Fan's Danny Marang, there are ongoing discussions for a deal involing Lillard before training camp officially tips off on October 2nd:
“Multiple sources have confirmed that there are ongoing discussions for a deal involving trading Damian Lillard before camp is underway October 2nd,” Marang said.
The Miami Heat have long been connected to Lillard, and seem to be the frontrunner to land Lillard, but Portland hasn't been enamored with the trade packages that Miami has put together.
It is possible that another team entirely are the ones that are having the ongoing discussions with Portland, but it is unclear which team that would be.
Naturally, some may question the validity of a report from a host of a sports talk podcast or radio show as opposed to any of the reputable and well known NBA journalists who have been covering the Lillard story all summer, but Lillard's departure from Portland seems like a foregone conclusion.
The Chicago Bulls were reportedly interested in Lillard, but the Blazers have reportedly "showed little interest" in acquiring Zach LaVine, according to NBC Sports Chicago's K.C. Johnson.
Johnson wrote: "PHLY_Sports' Kyle Neubeck upped the ante late Wednesday by saying on his outlet's podcast that the Bulls "might be trying to move LaVine as part of a multi-team deal just to see if they can get into the Lillard sweepstakes.
"Multiple league sources indicated throughout the offseason that the Trail Blazers showed little interest in acquiring LaVine directly, mostly because he doesn't match their rebuilding path and commitment to a young backcourt of Scoot Henderson and Anfernee Simons."
Can the Bulls entice the Blazers? Will the Heat finally close on a trade for Lillard?
Stay tuned as this story seems far from over.