Rumors have circulated that Lillard has even requested a trade out of Portland.
But Lillard himself has denied all these reports.
This hasn’t stopped the media from continuing to theorize where the six-time could land in the future.
Lillard to the Knicks?
ESPN’s first take host Stephen A. Smith has been particularly invested in Damian Lillard this offseason.
Lillard continues to be one of the most talked about players on the show.
Smith recently appeared on Sirius XM radio and made a surprising revelation about Lillard’s desired destination.
“If [Damian Lillard] were to get traded from Portland, New York Knicks would be his number one destination,” Smith said on the show.
Stephen A Smith: "If [Damian Lillard] were to get traded from Portland, New York Knicks would be his number one destination."
Also mentions Lillard’s ability to recruit players like Tatum and Embiid to a big market like New York
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 1, 2021
Obviously, there is still a lot of offseason left and anything can happen before the start of the season.
But, this is worth paying attention to as Lillard is the type of player that would certainly be a box office hit in the Garden.
Smith has a history of being shaky with his predictions, but spoke confidently with his information on Lillard.
However, many are still not convinced there is any merit to Smith’s story.
He also said KD and Kyrie were 95% going to the Knicks and it was a done deal https://t.co/10hqFhiNLE
— Colton (@NotAKage) August 1, 2021
Will Lillard end up in the New York market?
Only time will tell.