The Knicks could include R.J. Barrett and picks, and they would have the cap space to absorb some or all of Lillard’s contract, which would give the Blazers a huge trade exception. You could argue Murray and Porter add up to more than Lillard on his own if the Blazers wanted to keep trying to win, but then, why would Denver do that deal?
The Pelicans are also interesting. If the Blazers would accept a deal that didn’t include Brandon Ingram, a trio of Lillard, Ingram and Zion Williamson is intriguing, but more intriguing than Curry, Lillard, Thompson and Draymond Green? No chance.
In the end, if there is a compromise to be had, with Lillard getting what he wants and the Blazers getting what they want, it’s hard to not keep coming back to the Warriors.