Saturday, July 21st, 2012 at 2:19 pm  |  11 responses

LaMarcus Aldridge Thought Roy Hibbert Would Take Blazers To ‘Next Level’

Although impressed with rookie center Meyers Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge expressed his frustration over not getting Roy Hibbert after the Blazers’ summer league game Friday afternoon (via Oregonian): “Aldridge did admit that one offseason happening disturbed him: the Blazers’ failed pursuit of Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. Aldridge allowed himself to imagine the possibilities of playing alongside the 7-foot-2 All-Star center, and the two exchanged phone calls and regular text messages during the NBA free agency moratorium. Aldridge thought he finally was going to have an established franchise center on his court. So when the Pacers informed the Blazers they planned to retain their franchise center and Olshey rescinded his maximum contract offer sheet to Hibbert, Aldridge was distraught. ‘I definitely felt like he would have put us over that hump of being on the next level,’ Aldridge said. ‘Having him beside me; that’s big time. So I was disappointed.’”

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  • andrew

    Oden much?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    We all did L.A….. We all did……..

  • Lloyd

    A big man tandem of Hibbert and and LA would have been scary and awesome to see. Too bad.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Distraught? Come on with that sensationalist bs

  • Rasheed

    Damian Lillard will take Portland to the next level. Believe that

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    nbk, so you don’t think players can be distraught? I can just picture LA distraught while he sits in his S550 Benz with a presidental rolex on his wrist while smoking on a Gurkha Black Dragon.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    LA is right tho.. they would be nasty together.

  • Basketball iQ

    No seriously, you don’t think these players want to win? winning brings more marketability, more fame, & endorsements which means you have way more than benz & rolex money. Damien lillard will be a good addition but l.a. playing center hinders the team bc he’s not that, especially on the defensive end. Imo

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk troll

    Damian Lillard = ROY

  • http://www.slamonline.com JTaylor21 Troll

    Am I the only one who thinks Hibbert is vastly overrated?

  • Greg Oden troll

    Give Meyers 2-3 years and I think he can be 10 and 9 and 2 kinda guy. Will make Blazer fans forget Pryzbilla was our center since ’05 (gotta love Joel though).