The Trail Blazers, Bucks, and Suns completed a major three-team trade. Damian Lillard heads to the Bucks, and the Trail Blazers receive Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara, Milwaukee’s 2029 first-round pick, and the option to swap picks with the Bucks in 2028 and 2030. The Suns receive Jusuf Nurkic, Grayson Allen, Nassir Little, and Keon Johnson.
Lillard strengthens the Bucks’ championship chances with his scoring and playmaking alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Holiday bolsters the Blazers’ defense. Ayton is a young and talented center who could be a central piece in the Blazers’ rebuilding efforts.
The Suns get Nurkic as their new starting center, along with young talents in Allen and Little. Johnson has potential for the future.
This trade shakes things up for all three teams. Bucks are now East favorites, Blazers rebuild, Suns eye NBA Finals.
Let’s break it down for each team:
Blazers: They trade Lillard but gain Holiday, Ayton, and future draft assets. Holiday’s defense and overall skills are valuable, and Ayton could be their future star.
Bucks: They acquire Damian Lillard, adding an elite scorer and playmaker to their roster. They’re now top contenders for the NBA championship.
Suns: Trading Ayton, they receive Nurkic, Allen, Little, and Johnson. Nurkic becomes their new center, while the others offer potential for growth. The Suns hope this helps them return to the NBA Finals.