The Damian Lillard trade request has been one of the stories of the 2023 NBA offseason. After 12 seasons with the Trail Blazers, the star point guard would like to move on in pursuit of an NBA championship.
Damian Lillard has informed the Portland Trail Blazers that he would like to be traded to the Miami Heat, but there may be some other contending teams that are hoping the star point guard changes his mind.
As expected, Paul George is thrilled that former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency. George and Westbrook, who were teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder, are very close friends.
The Phoenix Suns never discussed trading for Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George, according to NBA insider John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. The Suns hired Frank Vogel, who coached George on the Indiana Pacers.
Former All-NBA guard John Wall held a private workout this past Sunday, and the Celtics were reportedly in attendance. Wall was once an elite guard in the NBA, but injuries have derailed his career in recent history.
For the past few weeks, it's been very apparent that Damian Lillard has only one team that he wants to play for - the Miami Heat. According to a report from Shams Charania, both the LA Clippers and Boston Celtics have interest in Damian Lillard, but he's rejected playing for both teams.
The LA Clippers recently re-signed Russell Westbrook to a two-year contract worth just under $8M. The contract has a player option for the second season, which would allow Westbrook to opt-out and signing a bigger deal with the Clippers if he chose to stay.
The Celtics may not have a clear-cut answer for who'll replace Marcus Smart following the trade which brought Kristaps Porzingis to town, but if they're looking for experience, John Wall seems to be ready to roll.
The championship window of the Los Angeles Clippers inches closer to becoming shut. On paper, the star duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George was supposed to bring the first-ever championship to the Clippers within the first four years.
LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is never heard from during the offseason, and he's rarely even seen. Not on social media, Leonard does not broadcast his summer actives; however, sometimes other people do it for him.
Mason Plumlee was having a strong season with Charlotte in ’22-23, averaging 12.2 PPG, 9.7 RPG and 3.7 APG in 56 games (28.5 MPG) as a full-time starter, before being sent to L.A. at the February trade deadline.
The Suns have agreed to a contract with free agent guard Eric Gordon, per Shams Charnia of The Athletic. Gordon, 34, was just let go by the Clippers after being acquired from the Rockets at the February trade deadline.
L.A. will use the Non-Bird exception for Westbrook, who joined the team in February after being traded to the Jazz and negotiating a buyout. The Clippers are limited to a 20% raise for Westbrook over the veteran’s minimum contract he played under last season.