By Tommy Matthews

Here’s the perspective trade of Dame Millard to Miami:

Heat Receive:

Damian Lillard
Jusuf Nurkic

Blazers Receive:

Tyler Herro
Kyle Lowry
Jaime Jaquez Jr.
Nikola Jovic
2028 first-round pick
2029 pick swap
2030 first-round pick

As The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor wrote:

This would go down as one of the worst trades in NBA history.

There’s no big lump of draft picks like the Nets received for Kevin Durant or the Jazz did for Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, and no key young players like the Pelicans got for Anthony Davis or the Thunder got for Paul George.

If Portland’s game plan is to appease Lillard rather than build a solid foundation for his successor, Scoot Henderson, then by all means, accept Miami’s best offer. But if the Blazers take the deal, then Pat Riley should be wearing a ski mask and driving a getaway car, because it would be grand larceny on a scale that even Danny Ocean would admire.

With all that in mind, let’s breeze through other theoretical Dame destinations, ranked in order of how aggressive I think they should be in pursuing a trade for Lillard:

1. Sixers:

Daryl Morey can compete with Miami’s offer with a future first, a swap, Tyrese Maxey, and expiring salaries.

Like Herro, Maxey is a repetitive piece for Portland, but he’s a better player and still on his rookie deal.

If Morey could flip James Harden to the Clippers for additional assets, as Woj suggested is a possibility, then it would strengthen Philly’s offer.

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