current sixers guard Patrick Beverly sent a ripple effect through the NBA when he suggested Timberwolves star guard Anthony Edwards Should leave Minnesota when given the chance. Stars on small-market teams are often subject to trade rumors and, to that point, trail Blazers look ready to ship franchise icon damian lillard Toward a “big market” after years of speculation.
The Trail Blazers have the heir apparent for the point guard spot in the 2023 overall selection scooter henderson, but in an interview with Bill Oram of The Oregonian, Henderson acknowledged that he had a lot of work to do to help offset the potential loss of Lillard. According to Oram, part of it starts with being an active member of the Portland community, which Lillard was.
,I can definitely learn from this and see how he goes on to do some special things for the fans here.Henderson said. ,This is something I have seen and heard about. That’s how I am as a person.,
Henderson said Lillard has been in communication with the former G League Ignite guard, and he has been dropping hints about him staying in Portland, according to Oram. No matter how Lillard’s situation pans out, Oram writes, Henderson is poised to help Portland return to the playoffs.
,I came here to workHenderson said. ,I’m here to try and win some games. Never focused on someone else’s situation.,
Oram believes Henderson has a real chance to connect with Portland fans like Lillard, but he knows that if Henderson is a breakout star, Beverley-like sentiment will persist throughout Henderson’s career. However, Oram believes that Henderson is well positioned to be the next flagship of the franchise, and that the guard has similar plans.
,This is probably the best situation ever,Henderson said. ,I’m here to stay.,
We also have more notes from the Northwest Division:
- while the blazers have a star on the way out thunder‘S Shai Gilgies-Alexander Ready to last for a while. According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, rival officials who less than a year ago had hoped Gilgieus-Alexander would look to move out of Oklahoma City have abandoned those hopes. Amick writes that organizational enthusiasm is at an all-time high, and Gilgieus-Alexander has a chance to lead the young Thunder to the playoffs and give him a chance to play alongside last year’s No. 2 overall selection. Chet Holmgren In this weather.
- Responding to Beverly’s comment on Edwards, The Athletic’s John Krawczynski balked at the notion that Edwards should leave. Timberwolves, Krawczynski echoes the notion that small-market fans are used to hearing people say their players should or should leave for bigger markets, but hearing this from Beverley, who will play for the team in 2021/22 Had played, is different. Krawzinski writes that Minnesota is a much bigger market than he has been given credit for and could push to retain Edwards, though he will need to continue building around the star guard.
- In case you forgot it, free agents javonte cook Reportedly signing an Exhibit 10 deal with Timberwolves,