Year before 3-team blockbuster trade, Damian Lillard named Giannis Antetokounmpo as preferred championship teammate

Damian Lillard just got traded to the Milwaukee Bucks this Wednesday and will be joining the Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo soon. The deal was a three way trade deal between the Blazers, the Bucks and the Suns. Apart from Lillard, many players including Deandre Ayton and Jrue Holiday were also part of the trade and would be playing for new teams in the upcoming season.

An interesting fact in this three-way trade is that Damian Lillard originally wanted to go to the Miami Heat but ended up at the Bucks. However, a year prior to this deal, Lillard had mentioned that playing with Giannis would help him in his journey to the NBA championship. He chose the most popular Antetokounmpo as his ideal partner to help him in his championship run in his previous statements.

Lillard selects Giannis as ideal partner for championship run

Now that Damian Lillard has been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, it is worth mentioning that a year prior to this blockbuster three-way trade deal, Big Game Dame did an interview with GQ Sports. The interview was done in a fan Q&A format where Dame was asked about who he would pick to help him win a championship. In response Damian replied, “I would pick Giannis”.

Further into the interview, a fan pointed out the possibility of Giannis and Damian playing together as a very successful combo. To which Dame replied, “Dominance”, he further added, “He’s a good play maker. Good defender. Disruptive. And the way he plays, compliments the I way play.”

It would be really interesting to see Damian and Giannis play together, given they both are very offensive players who exert dominance on the pitch and if their chemistry together turns out to be good, it would be very difficult for opposing teams to handle both of them paired up.

Bucks secure Damian Lillard in epic 3-team blockbuster trade

The Milwaukee Bucks secured Damian Lillard in a three team trade deal with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Phoenix Suns. Damian Lillard found a new home at Milwaukee while Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara and Jrue Holiday made their way to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Damian Lillard
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Keon Johnson, Nassir Little and Jusuf Nurkic were traded to the Phoenix Suns as the part of the epic three-way trade deal. Lillard for a long time was connected to the Miami Heat and had expressed his desire to join the three-time NBA champions but that deal never turned out and he found his new home with the player he once thought can help him win a ring.

What do you think of the Giannis-Damian combo? How do you think they will affect the competition? We are eager to hear your opinion, so drop down in the comments and share with us.

Avi Shravan

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Avi Shravan is an anime, games and sports enthusiast who likes NBA and Soccer. He is an avid reader who loves to write as well. You can find him reading books in a cafe or playing games if he is not watching his favourite team play. You can contact him on


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