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Lillard's trade to Milwaukee all but ends Nets, Knicks pipedream of landing Giannis

The chase for Portland superstar Damian Lillard was characterized all offseason as a one team race, but wound up seeing a dark horse team candidate emerge. The seven- time All Star has a new place to call home in Milwaukee.

Trailblazers GM Joe Cronin was issued a trade demand to one destination by Lillard, Miami.

An offseason staring contest between the two clubs front offices saw little to no progress all summer and into the fall. 

 Over the last two weeks, Bucks ownership took heed to Giannis Antetokuonmpo words of warning, when he remained non-committal about signing in Milwaukee long-term unless the team could guarantee they would be contending for titles.


The move for Lillard not only signals that the Bucks are serious about chasing Larry O'Brien trophies, but it also eliminates a lengthy list of possible suitors for their Greek star player services.

Both the Nets and Knicks were among eight to ten teams rumored to be part of a Giannis sweepstakes, should he double down on his win or else demands. 

It appears that Milwaukee has vaulted to the top of the Eastern Conference power rankings and teams like the Nets who are expected to go big star hunting in the off season ahead. Will need to look to other options. 

Nets potential trade package for Dame revealed


The Brooklyn Nets are atop Damian Lillard's wish list if he moves from Portland this summer.

While Nets nation has mixed emotions about acquiring the 32-year old, seven-time All-Star, a potential trade package has surfaced.

Shams Charania of The Athletic speculates on the framework for a potential deal between Brooklyn and Portland.

As tempting as going big star hunting this offseason would be for the Nets, the better route for the long-term future is to engage Portland for a trade involving the No. 3 overall pick in a package centered on Mikal Bridges. 

Lillard has called Bridges the best small forward in the game and co-starring alongside him in the Pacific Northwest is a perfect pairing.

Brooklyn already went the route of purging future assets for declining superstars and if Sean Marks is playing the long game, acquiring Scoot Henderson at No. 3 overall is his best option on the table.