The Portland Trail Blazers decided to select G League Ignite guard Scoot Henderson with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. Some believe this decision may lead to Damian Lillard considering a trade request. However, Lillard has expressed his expectation to start next year in Portland.
Nevertheless, there is speculation that Lillard does not want to be part of a rebuilding phase and would prefer to compete. This has sparked rumors that the Miami Heat, known for pursuing star players, see Lillard as a potential addition to their team. While these rumors are unsubstantiated, an Instagram Live broadcast featuring Lillard on Friday made headlines due to the coincidental selection of the song “Miami” by Will Smith playing in the background.
According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, Lillard is currently in Paris and the song played at a club. Lillard’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, stated that this was an unintended event and that Lillard is not disrespectful or instigative, making it highly unlikely for him to intentionally associate himself with the song. Goodwin explained that the DJ’s choice was merely a comical coincidence for Lillard, hence his laughter in the video.
There have been several strange turns regarding Lillard’s future this offseason, and it can be said with confidence that this incident is the most peculiar so far.