NBA rumors: Knicks the betting favorites if Damian Lillard is traded


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The Knicks are gearing up to be heavy hitters either on the trade market or in free agency this summer โ€” with point guard their top priority โ€” and they have their antennae up regarding the status of Portland superstar Damian Lillard.
Itโ€™s almost a perfect match. The Knicks have a trove of first-round picks, young prospects and a league-high $60 million in cap space to absorb his contact, which is worth $176.3 million over the next four years, according to Spotrac. They also have assistant coach Johnnie Bryant, a fellow Oakland, Calif., product with whom Lillard shares a close bond.
According to one league executive, the Knicks likely would be willing to trade three or four of their first-rounders in a deal for Lillard if that means they can hold onto Barrett and Obi Toppin.
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June 25, 2021 | 12:06 am EDT Update