No league does blockbuster trades like the NBA, and Wednesday's news has the potential to significantly alter the fortunes of several franchises.
The Milwaukee Bucks acquired Portland Trail Blazers superstar point guard Damian Lillard in a three-team trade that also involved the Phoenix Suns.
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The Athletic's Shams Charania recapped the entire deal in the following post on X:
This trade has major implications for Eastern Conference contenders, including the Boston Celtics. The Bucks had 30-1 odds to win the 2024 NBA Finals at some sportsbooks before the trade, and now they are the betting favorites in a lot of places. The Celtics were betting favorites to win the East next season, and now it's the Bucks.
Before Celtics fans get too down on this news, let's take a look at how well Boston has defended Lillard throughout his 11-year career.
The numbers are better than you might think.
Lillard did play well against the Celtics last season, scoring 41 points on March 17 and 27 points on March 8. The Blazers lost both games, though.
The Celtics have plenty of wing defenders to throw at Lillard. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and Malcolm Brogdon all will likely see time defending Lillard whenever the Celtics play the Bucks.
The first Celtics-Bucks matchup is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 22 at TD Garden in Boston. It's the day before Thanksgiving.