Jimmy Butler asks NBA to investigate Milwaukee Bucks for ‘grooming’ in trade for Damian Lillard

The trade of Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday (27) is already generating comments and winger Jimmy Butler was the first Miami Heat player to comment on the deal, after the veteran point guard had his name linked to the franchise for months. from Florida.

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As a result, the Miami Heat player posted a video asking the NBA to investigate the Bucks for grooming. Lillard had already expressed his desire to join the Miami franchise, and Butler, who hoped to pair with the former Portland Trail-Blazers point guard, will see him alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo next season.

“NBA, man. You’ve got to take a look at the Bucks for grooming. You’ve got to do this. I’m just going to throw this out there. You didn’t hear it from me, but I heard it from someone,” Butler said in a video on his social media.

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It’s worth remembering that since requesting to be traded to the Blazers in July, Lillard has made his preference for the Miami Heat clear. After back and forth, many rumors and, apparently, Miami’s lack of an attractive package for Portland, the Oregon franchise decided to do business with Milwaukee.

Butler and the Heat eliminated the Bucks in the first round of the last playoffs, but now they have achieved, at least, a little revenge. Even with the strong accusation, Butler did not say exactly what the Bucks did to entice Lillard, who left the Blazers after 11 years.

Namely, the NBA has a rule on tampering, in which members of a team cannot hold conversations with players from other franchises with the aim of signing them. In 2020, the Bucks had reached a deal with Bogdan Bogdanovic before the signing window opened. The franchise suffered punishment and lost a second-round pick in 2022.

The trade concluded on Wednesday afternoon, in addition to the Blazers and Bucks, it also involved the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks received Damian Lillard, while the Blazers received Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara, Milwaukee’s 2029 first-round pick and a pick swap from Milwaukee. The Suns received Jusuf Nurkic, Nassir Little, Keon Johnson and Grayson Allen.

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