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Blazers GM says he has no plans to trade LaMarcus Aldridge

Dec 27, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

LaMarcus Aldridge, James Johnson AP

I’m not sure where this buzz started, but there seems to be a buzz that the Trail Blazers would be willing to listen to LaMarcus Aldridge trade offers.

Not happening. Not even close. Nor should it, but we’ll get to that.

What matters is that when Jason Quick of the Oregonian asked Blazers GM Neil Olshey about it Olshey laughed. Hard. He laughed like it was a Chris Rock routine, not a Dane Cook one.

Olshey said he has made zero calls to other teams about Aldridge. He did say he has fielded one inquiry from another team, but it was more exploratory in nature, that team feeling the Blazers out. And he said he has no plans to make any future calls about Aldridge as February approaches….

Olshey has identified a core: Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Damian Lillard and (Wes) Matthews.

“The players on our roster who are no-brainers,’’ Olshey said, referring to that core, “are not going anywhere.’’

Which is how you build. You acquire young talent and keep it, moving other pieces to get more that fits with the core. But when you have a core guy you keep them.

Blazers fans can be frustrated with Aldridge taking too many jumpers — two more shots a game beyond 16 feet this season compared to last — but this is still one of the better power forwards in the game. He is not easily replicable. He is not someone you move short of getting a ridiculously lopsided offer from another team.

Olshey can say he wants to build through the draft, but he is fearless about making trades. I expect moves, if not at the deadline then after the season. But just don’t look for Aldridge in them.

  1. dmo84 - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Kevin Love and Derrick Williams for Aldridge and Batum.

    • liamj55 - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      It is too early for ridiculous trade scenarios isn’t it……… Don’t you have some white face paint to put on and some child’s party to attend??

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Wesley Mathews is not a no-brainer. In fact he’s the one who should be moved, it’s not like Portland has much else to trade. Perhaps it’s not his fault that opposing teams SG’s are near the top in efficiency when playing the Blazzers, but you’re not trading Lillard, Batum or Aldridge, so who’s left? If all of them are going nowhere, neither are the Blazzers because something has to change.

  3. gpatrick15 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    I hope Portland stays in the playoff picture. Lillard. Aldridge, and Batum make up a good core, it’s everyone else around them that has to be brought up to standard. In a few years, they may make some noise in the playoffs. But they cannot until they get better fitting pieces.

  4. 00maltliquor - Dec 27, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Why isn’t Hickson part of the core? He’s young and been playing some damn good ball this year.

    Everyone has a price. Aldridge, and everyone else could be expendible. If MIA called up dangling LeBron, POR would give up LMA like they were being robbed at gunpoint. Believe that!

    • cmehustle - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      Hold your breathe for that one to happen buddy.

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:08 PM

        Well, of course it’s not gonna happen…I was just saying that no one on that team is “untouchable”.

  5. jerdogthompson - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Hay olshey bet u wish u stayed in LA. Instead of floundering in Portland.

  6. 00maltliquor - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Portland has a good core. They will be in the playoff mix next season, if not this season. Don’t count them out.

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