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Report: LaMarcus Aldridge is unhappy, wants out of Portland

Jun 27, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

Portland Trail Blazers AP

From a distance, it seems like there is a lot to like for Trail Blazers fans — they have an All-Star big man in LaMarcus Aldridge and the Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard at the point. Those are good building blocks (although there is certainly a long ways to go). Plus, Portland has great microbrews and Pok Pok, what more could you want?

But apparently, Aldridge wants out.

There has been a little buzz about that and Jason Quick of the Oregonian broke it all down in a column on Thursday.

Not that I believe general manager Neil Olshey is looking to move the star power forward. But I believe Aldridge wants out…

See, Aldridge wants to end his seven-year run with the Blazers because he thinks Portland is too small. Too boring.

Expect the denial of this from Aldridge in 3….2….

Quick relayed a conversation from late in the season when he asked the Blazers best player if he wanted out and kept getting the answer back “I’m fine” and that it was just things needed to be evaluated over the summer. Okay.

Don’t expect a sudden move, but don’t be shocked if the Blazers test the trade market waters to see what Aldridge’s value is.

Still, it is an interesting proposition for Olshey as he embarks on his second summer of reshaping the franchise. Aldridge has two years remaining on his contract in Portland. He has no leverage to demand a trade right now. But he will after this season, when he can enter his final season in Portland with a threat to walk into free agency, leaving the Blazers with nothing in return, except for some salary cap relief.

Aldridge is 27 and entering his prime as a player. To move him now would be what the Jazz did with Deron Williams, but it is when the Blazers have more leverage. If they try to move him in the 2015 season when teams think Aldridge will walk as a free agent at the end of it the offers could be lowballs.

We’ll see. I expect Aldridge to deny all this, but it’s still a trend to watch.

  1. atlfan31833 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Please Danny Ferry, consider him for Smith.

  2. ryanrockzzz - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Portland is boring…unless your a hippy.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Uhh no. That’s what people who have never been to Portland say.

      • adoombray - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        Yeah, or people who get their view of Portland from that awful TV show Portlandia. (I dont understand why the guy insists on cross dressing like every single time. the skits are long and not funny. I imagine it would be like if they had Arizonia, and all they did was show racists with shotguns, even though its a beautiful multi cultural extremely liberal city. the only reason our politicians are such a-holes is because we’re too busy barbecuing at the pool 9 months out of the year to bother to vote)

      • dannymac17 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        i have been there and it is very boring

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Do you like beer and food? If so you would like Portland.

      • lmoneyfresh - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Don’t forget the strip clubs.

      • iwillfindyou - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        and crystal meth

    • therealraiderduck - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      As an ex-Oregon resident, gotta disagree. The hippies don’t live in Portland: they live in Eugene with their awful music, smelly dreadlocks, and cruddy cars that spew oil and exhaust all over everything (while sporting “Earth First” bumper stickers). Meanwhile, they control the local government with their anti-business attitudes, chase pretty much every large employer out of town, then wonder why nobody can find a job and city services are always underfunded. Seriously, someone needs to tell these idiots that 1968 is over.

      • mydoghasfleez - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        I live in Portland & am GLAD you are an ex-Oregon resident.

    • djax10isthebomb - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Portland has all them Vessin there. It’s a crazy place!

  3. azarkhan - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    I’ve been to Portland a few times and it’s a fantastic city surrounded by beautiful country. But then I’m not a spoiled multi-millionaire.

  4. quickrespond - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Bulls chance to snatch him….say bye to Boozer

  5. eloso1 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Email okafor and his expiring contract & #3 pick for LA.

  6. curtis35w - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    MIAMI HEAT???!!!!!!! lol alright thats a crazy stretch but a fan can dream, right??

  7. bifford - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Let me guess, he wants to play in LA.

  8. cantonbound13 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    NY for Chandler

  9. hannsta - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Ive heard from other sites that he wants out if there arnt dramatic improvements to the roster, and his perfered destination is the Bulls.

    • chicitybulls - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Where’d you hear/read that? Maybe amnesty or straight up trade Boozer for Aldridge. A starting 5 of Rose, Butler, Deng, Aldridge and Noah would be pretty nice.

      • hannsta - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        Here is a more complete article. Blazers wanted Noah in return, Bulls countered with Deng. Talks ended there so, boozer straight up is dreaming 😛

  10. htownred34 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    I’d rather have lamarcus than Dwight Howard…

  11. blakegriffin32 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Actually there are rumors flying around about a clips-Portland trade. I can only dream. Would be so beautiful…

  12. barnesaintnoble - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I’ve been to Baghdad twice, and find it hard to listen to when anyone complains about ANY large city in the United States.

    • wvuandsteelers - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      What about Detroit? My guess is the number of abandoned buildings in the 2 cities are comparable.

      • spursareold - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Yeah, but Detroit probably has only half the shootings.

      • mydoghasfleez - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        & a lot less IEDs

    • don444 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      Point taken, but the reality is that the average American knows very little about the U.S. outside of the city or state they’re most familiar with much less anything about life overseas.

  13. harshedmellow - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Portland is a great small city, though maybe not the BEST place to be a millionaire in short pants.

    I can only say “ugh”. Us Blazers fans have had a rough stretch lately.

  14. therealraiderduck - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    As a Blazers fan (now living in Phoenix), gotta say: If LaMarcus wants to leave, then ship him out. Team chemistry is hard enough to maintain without someone who wants to go live in LA or NY or whatever. Get the best deal we can, then move on.

  15. rabbott5207 - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Portland is a great city. If Aldridge only wants to leave the Blazers because he doesn’t like Portland I say they should trade him to Cleveland or Toronto or some city that he would not like anymore.
    I kind of think that these rumors of him not liking the city are just around to stir something up. But I do not doubt that he would liked to be moved to different team. A change is just needed sometimes by anyone.

    • gmsalpha - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Makes you really respect guys like Tim Duncan and Kevin Durant, who both play in small markets and what you might call “boring” cities, but you would never hear them complain. I say ship Aldridge out and get someone who wants to play in your city. And that goes for any city.

  16. fm31970 - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    “Hi, Olshey? It’s Mark Cuban. Let’s do this!”

    • bendover09 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      He is from Seagoville which is in Dallas county about 10-15 mins from the city of Dallas.

  17. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I have no opinion on Portland as I’ve never been there, but I’m SO sick of players constantly wanting to move from small markets to big markets. Sad that the majority of players care more about how many clubs they can hit up after games than the games themselves.

    • mydoghasfleez - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Young millionares wanting to “hit up” clubs after work. How strange.

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