A new frontrunner has emerged as the NBA awaits a trade for Portland Trailblazers star Damian Lillard. According to ESPN, high-ranking NBA executives, the Toronto Raptors are currently the favorites to land the star.

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As of Monday morning (Sept. 25), there was no deal in place for the Trailblazers and Raptors, but revealing Lillard’s preferred destination for the Miami HEAT are not engaged in any conversations. The HEAT previously offered Tyler Herro and two first-round picks as consolation for Lillard.

The Raptors are believed to be ready to offer Pascal Siakam, Scottie Barnes, O.G. Anunoby, and their recent draftee Gradey Dick.


Additional teams attempting to make offers include the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Chicago Bulls.

Lillard is expected to be moved by Oct. 2, which is the start of training camp for many teams.