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LaMarcus Aldridge probably won’t sign contract extension with Trail Blazers

May 15, 2014, 1:59 PM EDT

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LaMarcus Aldridge was reportedly pushing for a trade last summer.

By January of the Trail Blazers’ surprising breakthrough season, he was talking about signing a contract extension.

But with one season and $16,006,000 remaining on his contract, Aldridge probably won’t follow through with that option.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Thus it’s believed that Portland will have to wait until after Aldridge plays out the final season of his contract at just over $16 million and hits free agency

This makes total sense, because the Collective Bargaining Agreement limits how much money Aldridge could make on an extension relative to a new contract a year from now.

Using the NBA’s latest salary-cap projection and a crude projection for 2015-16 that has the cap rising by the same amount as it’s expected to rise from 2013-14 to 2014-15 ($4,521,000), here are the maximum salaries Aldridge could receive from the Trail Blazers.

An extension signed this offseason is black. A new contract next summer is red.


That is a whopping difference.

Aldridge could sign a three-year, $55,490,801 extension this summer.*

As a free agent in 2015, he could sign a five-year, $127,290,716 $109,106,328 contract.

*In the unlikely event Aldridge signs an extension, he’d surely wait until July 1. Prior, the extension could be for only two years and $35,703,384. There’s no point in rushing the extension  by June 30. Even after July 1, he could always still sign a shorter deal.

Of course, waiting a year comes with risk.

Aldridge finished in the top 10 of MVP voting and led the Trail Blazers further into the playoffs than they’ve been in 14 years. His stock has never been higher.

Turning 29 this summer, he could regress a bit and see his value fall. So, an extension this offseason – when he could surely get the maximum possible – would be the safest route.

But, even if Aldridge doesn’t get the max next offseason – and I’d guess he won’t – there’s enough margin for error between those red and black lines to make waiting the best option.

I don’t doubt Aldridge wants to stay in Portland – though, by waiting to re-up, there’s always a chance his loyalties could be swayed – and him not signing an extension doesn’t indicate a desire to leave. It’s purely about maximizing his earnings.

  1. cluelessdufus - May 15, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    If thats true, I wonder if they would just move him before the deadline next year or make a huge playoff run to try and convince him to stay. If he stays, you will still have Lillard to resign as well which may be a problem.

    • bougin89 - May 15, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      It’s not that he doesn’t want to stay, by waiting until next summer he can make a lot more money. The article clearly points out how much more he can make. They even have a graph…

      • money2long - May 15, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Kevin love is better. Put him on a big stage and people would roll with this. Since Lma had the stage alotta yall laughed at me saying that before.

    • RavenzGunnerz - May 15, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Love LMA. But I would like to see his game evolve from turn around jumpers into deep low post. If he can do that, the he would be unstoppable.

      • eugenesaxe1 - May 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        He can do it, he just doesn’t.

      • mintberrycrunch1 - May 15, 2014 at 6:52 PM


        and that is why he kinda reminds me of rasheed wallace.

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 15, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      Re-signing Lillard won’t be a problem. We love him, he loves us. Paul Allen is the richest/2nd-richest owner in the league, we have his rights, and he’s going to want a nice deal to match his shoe deal.

  2. readysethike - May 15, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    5…4…3…2…1…before someone mentions him being a Laker

    • fanofthegame79 - May 15, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      But you just stole their thunder! Speaking of, where has “Lakers all day” been lately??

    • ranfan12 - May 15, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      well he is a free agent, and lakers have made it clear they’re looking for decent big men the season after next lol

      • fm31970 - May 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        It makes a lot of sense. Play LMA and Love against one another, as long as you get one of them. I don’t see the Lakers whiffing on both next summer.

    • ranfan12 - May 15, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Lakers all day

  3. antistratfordian - May 15, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    The Blazers are the last team that needs their PF to be a jump shooter, shooting 40-some % in the playoffs. If they could trade him for Blake Griffin they’d be straight.

    • adamsjohn714 - May 15, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      If they could trade him for blake griffin hell could freeze over. He’s older, and nowhere near as good.

      • money2long - May 15, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        Don’t so “no where near”.
        That’s probably why u got thumbed down in my opinion.

      • antistratfordian - May 15, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        I understand that. I only meant to suggest that Portland would probably be better off with a PF who you could rely on to get easy buckets down low in a pinch, and who didn’t think he was Klay Thompson.

      • bkbell3 - May 15, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        Anti,clay thompson is a 42% shooter for his career,not sold on him yet but he is young and may still add to his game. He has alot of 7 for 18-21 games.

  4. cruzan80 - May 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Knicks, Lakers & Celtics will all have money next summer for one or two “superstars”…….no way in H E L L he signs an extension in Portland this summer.

    • bougin89 - May 15, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      He won’t sign an extension this summer but it won’t be because any of the reasons you listed. It’ll be because he’ll make much more money with the Blazers when he resigns next summer.

      • bkbell3 - May 15, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        He is no where near a max contract guy who at 35 years old will be making 29mil.smh. No way.

      • bougin89 - May 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        He will be offered that deal by the Blazers. “Deserves has got nothing to do with it.”

      • bkbell3 - May 16, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        Bougin69, Did my comment say anything about him deserving anything? Did I say he wouldn’t get the max from Portland? Read my comment. That much money starting at 30 years old and ending at about 29mil at age 35 for a very good but not great player will hamstring Portland for the length of it. 30mil is almost half of the cap space when he is 35 yrs. old.

      • bougin89 - May 16, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        Matter of fact yes you did:

        “He is no where near a max contract guy”

        That’s why I said it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t deserve it, he will get it. are arguing?

        By you saying he is no where near a max contract player you are stating he doesn’t deserve a max contract, no?

    • zoomy123 - May 15, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      People need to stop tossing around the “superstar” label. There are only 3 superstars in the NBA: Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul. No one else qualifies.

      • willkill4caffeine - May 16, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        Dumbest post I’ve seen in awhile

  5. csbanter - May 15, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Mark Cuban is just waiting, he’s going to end up playing with the Mavericks. Dirk will be on the way out and thus Dallas becomes Aldridge team.

  6. detlefschrempfriedrice - May 15, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    This past year was his ceiling (not a bad thing, he had a terrific year), barring injury he’ll put up similar numbers for 2-3 years before slowly declining…

  7. harshedmellow - May 18, 2014 at 3:10 AM

    PDX has to hang onto anything good they get. They’ll overpay him. Why not? Paul Allen lights his cigars with max contracts….

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