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LaMarcus Aldridge says he would be open to re-signing in Portland

Jan 13, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

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It’s amazing how winning cures all ills in sports.

As recently as last summer, it was clear LaMarcus Aldridge was frustrated with the losing in Portland (the team had gone 33-49). There was buzz he wanted a trade, which he denied, but the reality was he could be a free agent in 2015 and it felt like he could bolt then (and there would be a real market for him).

Now Portland is 28-9 and all is right with the world in Rip City. Everyone who goes up against Aldridge is lunch meat.

And now, Aldridge says he would consider an extension with the Trail Blazers, as he told Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune.

“Neil (Olshey, Blazers GM) and I talked all summer,” Aldridge says now. “I was unhappy with what happened last season. He said, ‘I know you want to win now. We’re not going to rebuild. We’re going to bring in some guys to win now.’ We went back and forth. He said, ‘Let me bring in some guys to help you.’ And that’s what happened.”

Now Aldridge is of a different mindset about his future. He has one more year after this on a contract that will pay him $16 million for the 2014-15 campaign. He has allowed himself to consider the possibility of finishing his career in Portland, becoming the NBA rarity of a player spending his entire professional career with one team… For the first time, Aldridge is thinking he’d like to sit down with Olshey and negotiate a contract extension.

“I would like to re-sign here,” he says. “If they want to talk about it, I would talk about it. They haven’t yet, but I’m looking forward to the chance to do that.”

He may not sign an extension — under the new CBA Portland can only offer three years of extension next season, however if he becomes a free agent and re-signs with Portland he can get five years (one extra guaranteed year).

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Either way, he may stay.

The Blazers are a good team, but not one defending well enough right now to really contend (they surrender 105 points per 100 possessions, 23rd in the NBA). However, that can change with a couple roster tweaks and system changes. With their offense they don’t need to be elite on defense, just solid. That’s doable.

Portland is a good young team that can contend as they grow, but only if Aldridge is a part of that. It sounds like he wants to be.

  1. antistratfordian - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    He’s going to turn 29 soon, and he shoots way too many jump shots. He’s a jump shooting PF who loves long twos, can’t shoot threes at all, and is only average from 0-16 feet. No thanks.

    It would never happen, but the Blazers would probably be better off in the long run selling high right now.

    • nichollem90 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      You obviously dont watch alot of Portland games. Yes he loves his long two but his post moves are second to none and he crashes the boards on offensive and defensive end. He can strip the ball away from any big man and run the floor with the best of them. With LA, Dame, Nico and wes this team is only gonna get better and better the more they grow. But Aldridge is the heart and soul of the blazers ever since broy Id love to see him in a blazer jersey his whole career and retire as one of the greatest trail blazers.

    • jennsanz - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      do you watch nba season 13 – 14?

      • antistratfordian - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Yes, I watch nba season 13 – 14. I enjoy nba season.

        Aldridge is, at best, a sidekick on a championship team (Portland is full of sidekicks). He’s not true franchise player material, but he’s going to want to be paid like he is. And he’s getting awfully close to age 30. If he was 25-26 I’d probably extend him thinking he can still take his game to another level (which is still necessary). But he’ll be 29 in July. If you extend him now at his price, he’ll be 31 and well overpaid in the blink of an eye, then you’ll be thinking about doing then what you should be doing now.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        Aldridge is averaging 23.6 PPG on 47.5% shooting and 11 RPG

  2. jennsanz - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    do you watch nba season 13 – 14?

  3. drago2012 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Carlos Boozer , a first round pick and two second round picks!! Sounds fair to me. They don’t play defense in the west, so Boozer would be great for Portland!! Lillard can hoist about 30 threes a night and they would be ok!!! Daaaa Buuuuulllllsss!!!

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Sounds like Chicago regrets trading Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas.

  4. phillyupperdecker - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    If there are concerns over signing him.
    Spencer Hawes
    Evan Turner
    (sixers owned) Pelicans no. 1 pick

    for
    Lamarcus Aldridge
    Blazers no. 1 pick

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Maybe Charlotte can offer Tyrus Thomas. It worked last time.

  5. thomaskouns - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    You’re right. Do we have to go through the list of players who get super-max deals at 28 or 29 and then fall off a cliff (Joe Johnson (nice player but not 22mil nice), Stodemire, Baron Davis (not super-max) and the list goes on..

    Really surprised he’s having this season in his contract year BTW…..

  6. aldavis4president - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Lamarcus is a beast! You guys must not be watching Portland games, to much ESPN. I think their 1 rugged old school bigs away from really contending. Look at Dirk, similar jump shooting style (Dirk is obviously tremendously better at shooting but w.e) he couldn’t get out of the first round his whole career, then they get Tyson Chandler and dominate the playoffs. Lamrcus makes bigs shots and is clutch. Not to mention he averages 11rpg! If lilliard and Wesley can pick up the D alittle they might surprit this year IMO..

    • abchome - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Dirk couldn’t get out of first round his entire career before Tyson Chandler? Dirk led Mavs to six conference semi finals, two conference finals, and one nba finals before the Mavs got Chandler in 2011 and won the title.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      Prime Dirk was not only a much better shooter (who could actually shoot threes) but he was much more efficient than Aldridge ever was, or ever will be.

      Dirk is a guy who once led the league in Player Efficiency Rating. That’s not easy to do (ask Kobe). Guys who do that are named Bird, Jordan, Shaq, LeBron, etc. The cream of the crop.

  7. aldavis4president - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    They’re**

  8. shen90 - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    Nice of you not to include the quotes of him saying as soon as Olshey is ready to sit down he wants to hammer out an extension to ensure he is a Blazer for life. He wants to play his entire career in Portland. I get it though, you lied like a number of people when you and others fabricated the “he wants out” lie this summer so of course you don’t want to admit you where wrong or that you know absolutely nothing and have no insight what so ever about Portland and it’s players.

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