The Blazers have been making low-profile moves that have ultimately made them a better team.
It looks like they’ll be pushed to make some noise. By their star player, no less.
LaMarcus Aldridge has two more years in his contract, but he doesn’t appreciate his team’s baby steps to improve. It’s another case of stars wanting to win, but taking the easy way out. well, Lebron has two rings. How can we argue against that?
It’s no secret that his target is the Bulls. But Portland wants assets in return. Draft picks won’t hack it. (Correct since the team that takes Aldridge will have low picks).
The camp for Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge arranged a meeting with general manger Neil Olshey in a Las Vegas hotel lobby on Sunday to suggest several trade scenarios, a league source informed CSNNW.com.
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 source told CSNNW.com.
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.
Aldridge told CSNNW.com that he did not request a trade and we confirmed that as being fact. However, he’s not opposed to one and he has no issue with returning if that be the case, a source close to All-Star revealed to CSNNW.com.
Unfortunately, this situation hasn’t died down.
Aldridge has played his entire seven-year career as a member of the Trail Blazers. He has a career average of 18.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 blocks per game.