Ugly Damian Lillard-Blazers divorce may have broken NBA rules

Gray Frame Corner

Damian Lillard, an All-Star guard, was dealt by the Portland Trail Blazers to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday

putting an end to a once-promising union that resulted in a contentious divorce.

Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report created a timeline outlining how the eight-player, three-team deal came about.

Lillard wasn't exactly overjoyed when he learned he had been given a ticket out of town, telling Haynes, "How this summer played out behind the scenes definitely left a sour taste in my mouth."

After the franchise picked point guard Scoot Henderson with the No. 3 overall choice in the 2023 NBA Draft, Lillard made a trade request on July 1.

But the last time Trail Blazers general manager Joe Cronin and Heat senior vice president of basketball operations and general manager Andy Elisburg talked was at the Summer League in July.

All along, Cronin said he would take the best deal on the table, even if it didn’t come from Miami.

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