Mar 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers center Lavoy Allen (50) during the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Trail Blazers 101-100. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Portlant Trail Blazers Not Trying To Trade LaMarcus Aldridge


There have been rumors all over the internet that LaMarcus Aldridge is unhappy in Portland and wants to be traded. There are reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers offered the number 1 pick for the forward and that Aldridge was holding out for a trade with Chicago.

But one thing is for certain, the Portland Trailblazers aren’t actively trying to trade LaMarcus Aldridge. At least, according to general manager Neil Olshey.

“Well, I’ll tell you this: I’m not going to be making any phone calls to move him,’’ Olshey said, via The Oregonian. “But if the phone rings and it makes the team better …’’

Today we’ll see if he gets any calls as the NBA Draft approaches. But Olshey sympathizes with Aldridge and what he is being put through.

“It’s the end of a long season,’’ Olshey said. “He hasn’t made any trade demands. But if there is one thing I can say, it’s I empathize with what LaMarcus is going through. This is the fourth genesis that he has lived through: From the Jail Blazers, to a youth movement, to a bunch of aging veterans, to this. It’s not easy for him.’’

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  • dunkonyerhed

    Aldridge HAS NOT asked to be traded. The rumor started when Jason Quick speculated on some third hand information that he received (probably from a Bulls fan) that Aldridge was not happy in Portland. Lamarcus has since denied the rumor, saying that he has not asked for a trade. Chris Haynes reported that Aldridge may want to be traded if the Blazers don’t make some real improvements to the roster. But by adding McCollum, Crabbe, Withey and now Robinson, the bench is looking much better than last year already. Expect to see Portland nabbing at least one more free agent or making a trade – probably at center.