Damian Lillard is TRADED to the Milwaukee Bucks in blockbuster three-team trade, as Jrue Holiday and DeAndre Ayton head to the Blazers

The Damian Lillard trade saga is over, as the Bucks have reportedly landed the star point guard.

According to ESPN, the Bucks are sending Jrue Holiday, a 2029 unprotected first-round pick and unprotected swap rights in 2028 and 2030 to the Blazers.

Phoenix is also reportedly sending Deandre Ayton and Toumani Camara to Portland, with Jusuf Nurkic, Grayson Allen, Nassir Little and Keon Johnson going to the Suns. 

However, ESPN has reported that the rebuilding Blazers are expected to ‘immediately engage contending teams’ in talks to move Holiday, who will turn 34 years old in June.

The news ends a drawn-out trade process for Lillard, who had spent all 11 years of his career in Portland before requesting a trade this summer. 

Damian Lillard has been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a blockbuster deal on Wednesday

The deal sends Jrue Holiday to the Blazers for now - he's expected to be moved elsewhere

The deal sends Jrue Holiday to the Blazers for now – he’s expected to be moved elsewhere

Through his agent, the seven-time All Star made it clear that he only wished to play for the Heat, though the Blazers were determined to find the best offer for the 33-year-old.

Now, Lillard will team up with two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo in search of his first title.

Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to the franchise’s second-ever championship in 2021, with Milwaukee beating Phoenix in six games.

Mail Sport has reached out to the Bucks for confirmation of the deal. 

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