Source – Blazers trading Damian Lillard to Bucks in 3-team deal


The Portland Trail Blazers have traded guard Damian Lillard to play alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo with the Milwaukee Bucks as part of a three-team deal that also includes the Phoenix Suns, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday. .

Sources told Wojnarowski that Portland will receive Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara, Milwaukee’s 2029 unprotected first-round draft pick and unprotected Milwaukee swap rights in 2028 and 2030.

Sources told Wojnarowski the Suns will get Jusuf Nurkic, Grayson Allen, Nassir Little and Keon Johnson.

The deal comes months after Lillard formally requested a trade in early July as the Blazers decided to take a patient approach to negotiations.

Lillard left Portland after 11 seasons in which he made seven All-Star and All-NBA teams and led the franchise to the playoffs eight times, including an appearance in the Western Conference Finals in 2018–19. He ranks first in team history in both points and 3-pointers and second in assists.

The 33-year-old Lillard averaged career-highs of 32.2 points and 7.3 assists last season, but he played in only 58 games as he sat out the last month of the season. The highlight of Lillard’s season came on February 26 against the Houston Rockets, when he scored 71 points.

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Lillard’s 32.2 points per game are the most by a player who changed teams the following season.

Despite Lillard’s numbers, Portland failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season for the first time in his career. The Blazers chose to retain their draft picks after both seasons, most recently selecting guard Scooter Henderson with the No. 2 overall pick. Lillard’s trade request came shortly after.

Sources told Wojnarowski that the Blazers are engaged on deals elsewhere and are expected to immediately engage competing teams in trade talks should Holiday depart. Portland remains committed to its young group of talented guards.

Following the trade the Bucks emerged as unanimous favorites to win the NBA title, with odds of approximately 4–1 at US sportsbooks. Milwaukee was listed as the fourth favorite behind the defending champion Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics and Suns.


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