Despite Damian Lillard’s clear preference for a trade to the Heat, the Raptors have persistently demonstrated their earnestness in acquiring the star point guard.
Lillard’s request for a trade from the Trail Blazers left the team with limited options. As negotiations with the Heat remain challenging, the Trail Blazers have begun engaging in discussions with other NBA teams.
Among these interested parties, the Raptors have emerged as a notable contender for Lillard’s services. According to respected NBA insider Marc Stein, the Raptors have successfully conveyed their sincere interest in pursuing a trade for the All-Star guard.
Stein reported on Substack, “The Toronto Raptors have convinced numerous teams around the league that their interest in trading for Lillard is genuine. The uncertainty at this point stems more from gauging Toronto’s true willingness to push all the way forward with its Lillard pursuit when it’s believed that the All-Star guard, behind the scenes, remains so resistant to the idea of becoming a Raptor.”