Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  20 responses

LaMarcus Aldridge Reportedly Met With the Blazers About a Trade

When rumors of wanting a trade out of Portland initially surfaced, Blazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge denied them. They simply won’t go away, however. CSNNW reports that Aldridge’s reps and GM Neil Olshey met on Sunday in Las Vegas to discuss a possible trade: “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. Aldridge, 27, has two years and roughly $30 million remaining on his current contract and I’m told Olshey is in no rush to facilitate a deal at the urging of a player’s camp, especially if the organization isn’t getting equal value in return. Trading Aldridge for a collection of draft picks will not be an option. 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 said. Unless something changes after Summer League, the likely development is Aldridge returning to Portland next season and having a strong year to increase the likelihood of Olshey pulling the trigger on a deal. When Aldridge is a year removed from becoming a free agent, his camp will have more leverage than at the current time.”

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  • Vince

    “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 said.”

    Do you blame them? They’re all better than him.

  • Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    I’d love to see him on the Spurs after the Big Three Pop era, but who knows how the Spurs would look by then.

  • Shifty

    I like the Portland team, I know they aren’t going to win a championship next season but I still like them, he should stay with them and see what damage they can do in the playofffs, they have good pieces. Gone are they days when dudes like Paul Pierce and Kobe tough it out through the bad times, (though they both requested trades they still stuck with it), not everyone gets hooked up like San Antonio.

  • Flyguywitabowtie

    agreed, except for Anthony Davis

  • Gman

    bosh for aldrigde!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I want him on the Spurs DURING the Big Three Pop era. Duncan would be the David Robinson to Aldridge’s Duncan.

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  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Wasn’t there a report like a few weeks ago that said he denied the rumors of wanting to be traded?

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    So much for ‘denying’ a trade request.

  • RayJr

    Seriously? Aldridge is on par with all of those guys.

  • TR

    I’m guessing he saw CJ Mcollum and realized he was gonna get a few less shots.

  • Mike Gilbert

    why? They are identical players

  • Mike Gilbert

    Noah and Aldridge shouldn’t be compared, because they are two completely different players.

    But Kevin Love and Blake Griffin are both statistically better than LA. Personally I’d take Al Horford over him too because of Al’s tiny contract. Anthony Davis also has the potential to be everything LA is offensively but a much better defender.

  • Gman

    Alridge Seems more manly

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i would much much much rather have Lamarcus Aldridge then Blake Griffin. And in the immediate future, i would prefer him over Kevin Love as well.

  • Lloyd

    Would love to see him on the Bulls. If the Raps could swing for him, that would be beautiful though!

  • Max

    Bosh is a better version of LA.

  • Mike Gilbert

    i don’t know about that. Why is LA so much better than Blake?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Defense. The ability to have an offense ran through him. The ability to hit an 18 foot jumper at a high rate (for example he had the best fg% in the league from the area around the right elbow – and led the league in attempts) as he proved in Terry Stotts wacky offense. And proved he could, from the low post, be the centerpiece to a 50 win playoff team the year before.
    IMO he is probably the best PF in the league when motivated and happy.

  • Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Then trade who for him?