Feb 12, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Trail Blazers 122-117. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: LaMarcus Aldridge happy in Portland

Last season, the Portland Trail Blazers went through a 13-game losing streak and were nowhere near the postseason. During their struggles, they thought about trading All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Aldridge seemed quite unhappy.

“He wasn’t happy with the fact that we didn’t make the playoffs and we lost 13 in a row, and nobody was,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts Sean Deveney of the Sporting News. “He is a competitor and wanted to be part of a winning environment. That was his only thing.”

This year the Blazers are 36-17 and are looking to host a first round playoff series. Now, Aldridge is happy in Portland and all of the rumors have died down.

“It has been great for me,” Aldridge said. “We definitely worked hard and put ourselves in a good position. I thought everybody came back better this year and I am happy with the way things are looking now. If we finish up strong, anything is possible.”

Aldridge is averaging 23.9 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 blocks per game this season.

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