Could Knicks trade for Damian Lillard amid Blazers' front office shakeup?

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Several executives would be "far more interested" in the Portland Trail Blazers' open GM job if Damian Lillard were able to be traded sooner rather than later, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski,

The Knicks, per ESPN, never made an official offer for Lillard last offseason, but Portland may not offer the two-year, $107 million extension he wants this summer, in addition to the four years he already has left on his current deal.

Wojnarowski notes that Lillard is not against staying in Portland and letting the front office rebuild around him -- but with an extension.

If Lillard does get that extension, he could have plenty of other teams as options for his next destination, and New York could surely be one of them.

With the Knicks in limbo in their surprisingly slow start, they could move pieces like newly-acquired Kemba Walker and Alec Burks to free up cap space and acquire Lillard, who is making over $42 million in each of the next three seasons.

Teams interested in Lillard are waiting for the superstar to officially request a trade, which would essentially give Portland less leverage and could lower Lillard's price.