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Report: LaMarcus Aldridge’s camp suggests trades to Blazers GM

Jul 18, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT

Portland Trail Blazers AP

LaMarcus Aldridge has two years left on his contract, which will pay the 27-year-old All Star forward $30.4 million.

But there have been all kinds of rumblings about him wanting out of the Pacific Northwest, which puts Portland GM Neil Olshey in the same position the Jazz front office was with Deron Williams (and Denver with Carmelo Anthony) — do you trade him soon, closer to the trade deadline in 2015, or not trade him at all.

Aldridge has denied he wants a trade but Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com reports Aldridge’s camp met with the Blazers GM in Vegas to suggest trades for the Blazers best player.

According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the situation, the meeting was described as being productive with both sides focused on doing what’s best for both parties….

Prospective teams holding the rights to Joakim Noah, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Al Horford and Anthony Davis, as of now, have declined to involve their franchise players in any potential deals for Aldridge, a league source told CSNNW.com.

There is no kind of deal that is close (although Aldridge’s name has come up in some rumors lately). The Blazers are not just going to trade Aldridge for picks, they want quality back. And as of right now they may not initiate calls.

Aldridge averaged 21.1 points and 9.1 rebounds a game last season, with a PER of 20.4. He is one of the best power forwards in the game right now.

If Portland realizes they are not going to be able to re-sign him when he is a free agent in the summer of 2015 they will be looking to move him. But there is no pressure to do it right now, they can listen to offers that come in and put in him trade packages for the next year. They can be patient and wait for a deal they like.

Which means expect Aldridge back in Portland this fall, playing well for the Blazers as they head into next season with Damian Lillard. But don’t be shocked if Aldridge’s name comes up in trade talks closer to the deadline and next summer.

  1. big49er - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    He would be a nice addition to the Rockets! Asik for Aldridge?

    • big49er - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      He could be a 2 year rental

  2. freeworld - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Rockets would have to give up lin also.

    But i like the idea of Lamarus as a Spurs three team deal with splitter envolve picks and rookies. Tony, danny, kawhi, lamarcus and tim starting 5.

  3. halfbaht - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Would look good in clover green. Danny Ainge pick up the phone! Wallace and humphries for Aldridge!

  4. bigmeechy74 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    It must be brutal to make millions playing in a beautiful city like Portland where the people worship the blazers. He needs to get out of that hell! I guess he wants to go somewhere with more nightlife or some stupid reason like that. Or he just wants to go somewhere with an easier path to a ring. Why not just be happy to be part of a team and city that wants him and pays him? It really is ridiculous

    • bougin89 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Completely agree with your take. Players constantly demanding trades is what really brings down the NBA. Players can hold teams hostage almost.

      • colejj - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Bottom line: These guys are competitive athletes in the NBA. Guys like LaMarcus Aldridge, who are top-10 in the league at their position, want to win and be part of championship teams. A team that plays under .500 for a couple seasons, doesn’t do a good job in the offseason to sign/trade players who could help make them a championship team or at least set them up to become one in the next few years, is a lost cause for someone like LaMarcus Aldridge.

        I can only speculate, but imagine if you had dedicated your life to becoming great at some job & were hired by a company to do that certain job and you do it really well but your boss is lazy and makes your company look bad. After a while you would probably be discouraged, especially when you see other guys doing your same job, not as well, but achieving the things you want to achieve. I imagine that’s how Aldridge feels in Portland. He’s dedicated his whole career thus far to a team that has only let him down. Even at their best, Portland hasn’t made it past the first round in the playoffs since Aldridge has been there.

        It’s not about better nightlife for guys like Aldridge, who constantly perform at an extremely high level, and it’s not wrong for a guy at his caliber to want to win a championship and be part of a team that can do so and in the process help him become even greater as a player. It looks to be awhile before the Trailblazers are ready to compete for a championship & LaMarcus Aldridge deserves better.

    • Alex K - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Yeah, boo him for caring where he works/lives for part of the year.

      /s

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        Yeah. Great point. It sucks that they put that gun to his head to get him to sign an extension there.

      • Alex K - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        Because he had a lot of other options as a restricted free agent?

      • limonadamas - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        Sign the QO –> UFA the next off-season. Sure, it’s a huge risk, but if you hate living there as much as you say, then it should be something to consider. I have yet to see that however.

        The problem is that the players (and the owners in the last CBA negotiations) demand to have their cake and eat it too. There are no sympathetic figures here.

      • Alex K - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM

        He had some health problems at the begining of his career, so for him it would have been pretty stupid to not get all the money he can as soon as possible.

        Also, who knows about how his personal life has changed since he signed the contract. Maybe Portland was good for him when he signed and something happened to change that.

        All I’m saying is that he should have some type of say where he works. You have it and so do I.

  5. gpatrick15 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    If done right, they could really build something special around himself and Lillard. If I’m him I’d stick it out for a little while longer just to see how things develop.

  6. freeworld - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    He did told them that he wanted them to make some big moves this offseason. The blazers did not do that they got average players when they needed a true scoring SG and a athletic SF.

  7. sjbrown8 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Typical Gen Y characteristics mixed with the fact that the Blazers haven’t really been the most consistent franchise or put together great teams. They have young talent, but it’s hard to tell how far they can go. Granted they have fallen upon bad times with Brandon Roy and Greg Oden, LaMarcus knows his window is closing and stars aren’t exactly running to go to Portland.

    If he personally doesn’t love the Pacific Northwest, it’s understandable that he’s interested in going elsewhere and he is handling it with more class than some guys have.

  8. loubearkane - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Bulls won’t trade Noah or Rose but would trade everybody else. Portland wouldn’t be bad off in a trade that netted them Taj Gibson , Marqise Teague ( trade value only 19)
    Luol Deng on a expiring contract & the Charlotte Bobcats 1st rd. top 10 protected in 2014 top 8 protected in 2015 and un-protected in 2016 pick.

    • gpatrick15 - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Why would the bulls give all of that up though?

      • loubearkane - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        They need to pair Rose up with another “star”

      • loubearkane - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        That’s just One 1st rd pick was just saying how much longer and what’s the protection on it.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        Rose and Aldridge would make a good pair. Aldridge has a nice jump shot so he wouldn’t have to be in the post clogging it for Rose.

  9. nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Aldridge for Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, Varejao, and a #1 pick. Book it.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Cleveland actually seems like a team that could land him. They have a bunch of young, former high picks that could interest the Blazers.

      • kinggw - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        If he’s not happy in Portland, why would he be in content in Cleveland?

  10. Blackhawks5xchamps - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Let’s make this happen Bulls! Trade anyone and everyone!

    • Blackhawks5xchamps - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Besides Rose anyways

  11. kgstitan - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    3 way trade:

    Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik to the Heat, Chris Bosh to the Blazers, LaMarcus Aldridge to the Rockets..

  12. emosnar - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I would trade Noah (CHI), and Griffin (CHI) for Aldridge ASAP. Chicago needs to hop on that. You lose the defense and hustle from Noah but coach Thibs can make any team play defense. You need another in the post scoring threat. Actually would make Boozer look like a star and there you would have your “three stars”. If you find a way to keep Deng and re-acquire Nasty Nate then you are talking about a real title contending team not 1st and 2nd round teasers. This is coming from a Pacer’s fan.

    We want stiff competition in the EAST.

    EAST IS BEAST!!!!

    • biasedhomer - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      But this late in FA, they would have no one to replace Noah with at center.

      • emosnar - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        go small

  13. whereyaat - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Does he have a no-trade clause?

  14. emosnar - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Trade Gibson for Asik. Apologize and get him back.

  15. ulyses20 - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Miami should trade Bosh for Aldridge straight up. The monies add up and he is a better post up player than Bosh is any day.

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