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Report: Blazers working on max contract extension to keep LaMarcus Aldridge, but he’ll wait until 2015

Jun 26, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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A year ago LaMarcus Aldridge was one of those guys we talked about as leaving a smaller market to chase titles and fame in a bigger market.

Then Portland got off to a hot start and Damian Lillard started to look like a guy to build around, the Blazers showed promise and made it to the second round of the playoffs. Suddenly the grass didn’t look greener everywhere else.

Now the Blazers management is working to keep Aldridge with a lot of green, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Thing is, under the new CBA it doesn’t really benefit Aldridge to sign an extension.

Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen and general manager Neil Olshey formally presented the representatives of three-time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge a maximum contract extension in Los Angeles last week, league sources told Yahoo Sports….

With only a remote chance that Aldridge will agree to the three-year, $55.5 million extension afforded him this summer under the collective bargaining agreement, the Blazers are determined to keep Aldridge on a five-year, $108 million extension that he can sign upon reaching free agency next summer.

You read those numbers right — Aldridge can make $52.5 million more dollars guaranteed by playing out this season, becoming a free agent and re-signing. The Blazers have to make the offer to show they care, but they know the answer going in.

Aldridge waiting a year also keeps the pressure on Portland to spend and find ways to improve the team. He could still bolt as a free agent and go elsewhere — although for only four years and more than $20 million less guaranteed.

Consider this just an early primer on part of the 2015 NBA free agent class.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Business as usual, nothing to see here.

  2. cantonbound13 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    LaMarcus, wait to become a free agent. I’m sure the Zen Master will have an interesting meeting with you. If you like rings, the Zen Master has 13 of them he can show you, not like the little grease ball in south beach.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      “Hey, LaMarcus, check out how awesome I was coaching multiple Hall of Famers! I mean, there aren’t any HOFers here, and I’m in a totally different job, but good times, right?”

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        Bingo.

      • genericcommenter - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:06 AM

        Those HOFers struggled without him. It didn’t work with all the stars he coached, but the ones that ‘bought in” to the roles he had in mind for them ended up winning titles. He was good at making stars and ex-stars buy into a system in order to win.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:11 AM

        Sure. Still doesn’t change the fact that he’s in a completely different role and doesn’t have Michael, Scottie, Shaq or Kobe.

  3. saint1997 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    PTB need to keep LA to stay moving up the West

  4. innovativethinking87 - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Lillard and Aldridge, that’s a damn good duo right there. LMA has everything he needs in portland

  5. monkeyhateclean - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Bust.

    As always, thumbs down if you agree!!!

    I’ve been declared the 2nd most voted account on PBT, so up or down, its all money in the bank, baby!!! Thanks in advance!!

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