There have been several conflicting reports regarding Portland Trail Blazers All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge this summer. Some reports have said that the team would consider trading him, with Aldridge not being opposed to it as well, but he has also previously mentioned that he has not asked for a trade and is excited to see who th Blazers can add through free agency. According to CSNNW, Aldridge’s representatives met with GM Neil Olshey to discuss trade scenarios.
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.
Some rumors earlier this summer connected Aldridge with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the Cavs moved on a long time ago. Clearly, the Blazers would only swing a deal if they would get equal value in return and it might be a tough sell.
At this point, we can probably expect Aldridge to start the season as a Trail Blazer, but the trade rumors surrounding him will likely persist throughout the year.