Miami Heat: 3 Reasons Damian Lillard trade road will lead back to Heat

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Exploring three reasons why the road to trade Damian Lillard will almost certainly lead back to the Miami Heat.

When NBA Training Camps open next week across the league, it will have been three months since Damian Lillard officially demanded a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers. With only one reported preferred landing spot, as you would’ve expected, the Blazers have had a difficult time finding the right trade market for Lillard.

But with one week remaining before the season essentially begins, the Blazers don’t have much time before they’re tasked with the decision to either bring Lillard into camp or trade him for what’s on the table – whether that’s to the Heat or another offer out there.

Over the past few days, there has been some reporting that suggests the Blazers could have non-Heat offers that they could be entertaining. The Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls have emerged as two non-Miami teams that many around the league present the best potential landing spots for Lillard.

The Heat, Blazers must find a middle ground for the sake of Damian Lillard

In the end, we don’t really know what the Blazers and general manager Joe Cronin will elect to do. However, deep down, I feel like this all ends with Portland eventually circling back to Miami in an attempt to end this all before the start of training camp.

Specifically, let’s explore three reasons why I believe all Lillard trade roads will eventually lead back to the Miami Heat.