Jrue Vacation was one of many key items concerned on this week’s three-team commerce centered round Damian Lillard.
Lillard ended up going to the Milwaukee Bucks, clearly, whereas Vacation was finally dispatched to the Portland Path Blazers.
Shortly after the deal was finalized, Portland’s entrance workplace signaled that it deliberate to maneuver Vacation for youthful property. It’s unclear when exactly they are going to pull the set off on that, however it figures to occur sooner slightly than later.
Already, three groups have expressed critical curiosity in buying Vacation.
Vacation, for his half, appears to have his sights set on six reliable championship contenders as doable touchdown spots.
Am instructed Warmth, LA groups, Boston,Chi., Philly are groups of curiosity to Vacation. (Maybe others, however these 6 in no order have been talked about to me). Past Portland distaste for Warmth property, Miami should reconcile this: Buying&giving massive new deal subsequent summer time makes them tax staff for yrs
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 28, 2023
The Miami Warmth, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers all make some extent of sense right here.
Miami clearly simply misplaced out on getting Lillard, however it’s exhausting to see them and the Blazers discovering widespread floor on Vacation after how contentious their Lillard talks have been.
The Lakers might undoubtedly use somebody with Vacation’s defensive tenacity on the permitter after how badly D’Angelo Russell obtained labored within the Denver Nuggets collection. That mentioned, it’s exhausting to see them placing a reputable package deal collectively.
The Clippers would possibly be capable of get one thing performed, however their refusal to incorporate two key function gamers is what prevented them from getting James Harden. An identical scenario might play out right here. Plus, they want a extra offensively-oriented level guard, not a defensive stalwart like Vacation.
Huge day for Utah. https://t.co/AJ3QXMk3K8
— Sport 7 (@game7__) September 29, 2023
Chicago clearly wants some stability at level guard in gentle of Lonzo Ball’s harm, however they aren’t a lot of a title contender at this level. And it’s exhausting to see Vacation pushing them excessive.
Which simply leaves Boston and Philly. Each squads might use Vacation, and he might play an analogous function for every that he finally performed within the Bucks’ championship marketing campaign.
The place will Vacation finally begin the yr when Sport 1 of the 2023-24 season commences? Time will inform.
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