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Several teams could be on the search for a top-tier guard this season, and the latest rumors suggest Damian Lillard is among the players that could attract huge interest going forward, after Portland’s first round exit.

According to popular NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith, multiple teams believe they have a chance to sign the Portland Trail Blazers’ superstar.


“Several calls have come (the Blazers’) way. You got a lot of teams — about six or seven different teams — who believe they can get their hands on him, they think they’ve got a shot.

One of them includes the Knicks, who are scheduled to have about $75 million in cap space along with some picks. But also, the Clippers, the Miami Heat. And who knows what the Lakers may try to do. Stay tuned.”

Damian Lillard had a stellar season with the Blazers this season, averaging 28.8 points and 7.5 assists while shooting 45 percent from the field in 67 appearances.

Although he had a great year in Portland, the team underachieved once again in the postseason, being unable to get past the Denver Nuggets in the first round. That was Portland’s fourth first round exit in the last five years.