Damian Lillard’s Potential Stay in Portland Could Impact Jaime Jaquez’s Role with Miami

Columnist Ira Winderman Shares Insight on Jaquez's Chances in the Heat's Rotation

Recent reports indicate that Damian Lillard might end up attending training camp with the Portland Trail Blazers if he is not traded in the coming months. While his preference has been to join the Miami Heat, NBA frustrations with his demands could lead to other possibilities.

In this scenario, former UCLA Bruins star Jaime Jaquez might find himself starting his rookie season in South Beach. Despite his potential to fit well in Miami, the Heat front office could have considered him as part of a package deal to acquire Lillard. However, columnist Ira Winderman shared his insights with Yahoo Sports, expressing why he believes Jaquez has a chance to earn minutes in Miami’s rotation from the start.

The Heat have a reputation for nurturing young talent, often taking a few years to integrate them into the team’s play. However, this season seems different, and Jaquez could find himself coming off the bench with the opportunity to make an immediate impact. Winderman is hopeful that Jaquez will showcase his three-point shooting abilities, opening up the floor for Miami’s offense.

Jaquez’s ability to drive to the rim and find open teammates for easy baskets is well-known, and under the mentorship of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, his potential could flourish in a special way.

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