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Aschburner: Looking at the Ripple Effect of the Blazers’ Lillard Trade

In a feature for, Steve Aschburner revisited the Damian Lillard trade six months later, to see how each impacted team is doing. Portland’s uncertain status is pretty clear. So let’s take a quick peek at excerpts about the other teams, from a very thorough piece.

Miami Heat: Stuck in aging limbo with some good prospects

Miami is hoping for yet another run from a low seed, and while they retained some key players without trading for Lillard, it’s unclear if that’s enough to truly matter.

The Heat are about what they were last season at this time: 39-32 (one game better than in 2022-23) and on pace for another turn in the SoFi Play-In Tournament.