Jimmy Butler calls for tampering investigation as NBA world reacts to Damian Lillard's trade to Milwaukee

Damian Lillard was finally traded Wednesday, but his landing spot shocked the NBA world.

The Portland Trail Blazers dealt Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks as part of a three-team deal with the Phoenix Suns. Lillard will get to team up with Giannis Antetokounmpo, which has made Milwaukee the favorite to win the NBA title this season.

The Suns landed Jusuf Nurkić, Grayson Allen, Nassir Little and Keon Johnson in the trade. The Trail Blazers received Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara and Jrue Holiday, though Holiday is expected to be moved again in the near future. Portland also received a 2029 unprotected first-round draft pick from Milwaukee and unprotected swap rights in 2028 and 2030.

Lillard had spent his entire career with the Trail Blazers and leaves as the franchise's all-time leading scorer. With Portland, he made it to the playoffs eight times and the Western Conference finals once but never won a title. He requested a trade on the second day of free agency earlier this offseason and made it clear that the Miami Heat were the only team he wanted to play for. That sparked a complicated and messy several weeks, with his representatives even trying to scare off other teams by saying he would be unhappy playing anywhere but Miami.

Clearly, Lillard's wish to play in Miami didn’t happen. That left Heat star Jimmy Butler pretty upset on social media Wednesday.

“Yo NBA, man, y’all need to look into the Bucks for tampering,” Butler said in an Instagram story. “You do. I’m just going to put that out there.”

It’s unclear how serious Butler is on that front or what information he's claiming to know.

The potential trade packages that would've sent Lillard to Miami frequently revolved around Tyler Herro, who is starting a four-year, $120 million extension. The Trail Blazers reportedly wanted more in return for their seven-time All Star than the Heat were willing to offer, however, and for a long time, the Heat were the only real team engaging. The two sides went into a holding pattern until Wednesday's deal came to fruition.

Butler was far from the only NBA star to take to social media after the news broke.

Lillard had a few old posts that resurfaced about the Bucks, too, because there’s always a tweet.

The Bucks will open the season Oct. 26 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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