More and more, it appears that LaMarcus Aldridge’s days in Portland are over.
The Blazers’ best player is expected to switch teams this summer, and according to ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers have now entered the fray.
Among the many suitors for the All-Star forward are Dallas, San Antonio, New York, Atlanta and Houston.
Hearing ever-aggressive Rockets are plotting ways to try to crash this summer's free-agent chases for both Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 25, 2015
“He’s gone,” a source close to Aldridge said. “There’s a 99.9 percent chance that he’s out of Portland.”
The sources listed several reasons Aldridge is expected to leave the Blazers, for whom he has played since entering the league in 2006. They said he doesn’t believe the Blazers can attract top free agents to improve the team, that he feels somewhat underappreciated by the organization and that he simply is looking for a new environment to live in.
The Lakers, sources added to Stein, firmly believe they now will be in the Aldridge hunt. […] The Spurs, sources say, continue to be Aldridge’s most likely destination.