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Where C's stand among betting favorites to land Damian Lillard

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The most popular name in NBA trade rumors is Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.

TrueHoop's Henry Abbott reported Friday that Lillard "plans to request a trade"

Lillard going anywhere would be a massive move given his status as a legit superstar and one of the best scorers in the league. He's a six-time All-Star with six All-NBA selections. Wherever he goes will have a profound impact on the playoff races in both conferences. 

So, where could Lillard land? 

Oddsmakers see the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers as the early betting favorites to acquire the 31-year-old point guard.

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Lillard would be a great fit on the Sixers, who need another true scorer and someone who can take and make clutch shots late in playoff games. Ben Simmons isn't the type of player despite his impressive all-around skill set. Simmons' name has been in trade rumors this week, too, so maybe there's a match between Portland and Philly.

The Knicks had a great regular season finishing as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference before losing to the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. They need an actual superstar to take them to the next level. Lillard could be that guy. He seems like the type of guy who would embrace the pressure and expectations of playing on the New York stage.

 
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The Celtics need a point guard, but if acquiring Lillard requires trading 24-year-old All-Star Jaylen Brown, then Boston should say no. Brown is a two-way force coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 24.7 points per game. He's also seven years younger than Lillard and plays a more desirable position (wing) in the modern NBA.

It will be fun to see where Lillard lands, assuming the Blazers actually trade him. He's only played past the second round of the playoffs once in his nine pro seasons. Seeing him play for a championship contender would be a lot of fun.