The NBA offseason witnessed some intriguing developments in its initial week, with Damian Lillard requesting a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers and James Harden choosing to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers, but also reportedly requesting a trade.

In an interview with Fox News Digital, Emily Austin, host of “The Hoop Chat,” shared her thoughts on the NBA offseason and discussed some of the major talking points for the upcoming season. She specifically discussed the possibility of Lillard being traded to the Miami Heat.

“I don’t see a scenario where Miami can put together a package that would satisfy the Blazers,” Austin told Fox News Digital.




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Damian Lillard vs the Jazz

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers controls the ball during the second half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena March 22, 2023, in Salt Lake City. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

“They’ve already expressed that they’re not interested in Tyler Herro, and if the Miami Heat are going to trade a player like Bam Adebayo or Jimmy Butler or any other key role player for another star, it would defeat the purpose of the Heat’s championship ambitions,” Austin explained.

“If you trade a superstar for Damian Lillard, it would be an equal trade and pointless. If the Heat wants to make this happen, they will have to involve a third team,” she added.