Report: No traction on Dame talks despite Heat trade package

Report: No traction on Dame talks despite Heat trade package

There remains no real traction on a deal involving Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard, league sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The Heat are working on a trade package that includes expiring deals, three to four first-round picks, one of the team’s younger players, and possibly second-rounders and draft pick swaps, Charania adds. In this scenario, Heat guard Tyler Herro would be sent to a third team.

Lillard’s preference is still to play for the Heat, according to Charania. The NBA recently warned the star guard that he could face discipline if he or his agent suggest publicly that he won’t fulfill his contract if the Blazers deal him to another team.

Lillard and his agent assured the league that he “would fully perform the services called for under his player contract in any trade scenario,” per a league memo obtained by TNT’s Chris Haynes.

The Blazers star reportedly requested a trade on July 1, naming Miami as his preferred destination. Lillard has spent all 11 seasons of his career in Portland.

A seven-time All-Star, Lillard is the Blazers’ franchise leader in both total and average scoring. He was third among qualifying players last season at 32.2 points per game.

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