Feb 7, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) is guarded by Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi (28) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Portland 118-113 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: LaMarcus Aldridge says All-Star players told him they want to sign with Portland Trail Blazers

Over the last decade, the Portland Trail Blazers have been a team trying to crawl up from the bottom of the Western Conference and dance out of mediocrity. They appears to finally be doing both in grand style as the likes of Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum have revived the Blazers and made them one of the most fascinating teams to watch in the NBA.

Of course, with winning comes power and with power comes the ability to draw in free agent stars. Portland isn’t known as a free agent destination, but Aldridge is stating the times have changed. The Blazers All-Star noted that he was told by anonymous All-Stars in New Orleans that they want to sign with the Blazers in the future.

Per Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com:

When you’re winning, players want to follow. And according to Aldridge, a couple of All-Star players that shall remain anonymous have approached him, telling him that they would like to play with himself and Damian Lillard in Portland.

“Definitely a few guys have told me that this weekend,” Aldridge informed CSNNW.com.

The Blazers core has noted that they don’t really need free agent help, as they’ve built this beast of a team with their bare hands. But it’s still nice to know you’re desired and it’s proof to other markets like Minnesota, New Orleans and others that winning truly does make you a destination for free agents.

Tags: 2014 NBA All-Star Game LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers

  • Albin Kampfer

    It’s all about whether you win or not. In the early 90s, everyone wanted to come to the Blazers.

    • Geronia Coyle

      In 1999 through 2003 the Blazers landed Scottie Pippen, Detlef Schrempf, Steve Smith. They all came to the Blazers to win a championship; if it weren’t for loosing that horrific game in which they were up by almost 30 pts to the Lakers, they would have won a championship in 2001.Anyways, Paul Allen has shown he will open his wallet when the team are contenders. Just look at the Seahawks!

  • LuvMyUsa1

    People say a lot of thing’s at all star games ! At the end of the day it’s the money that talk’s ! Star player’s aren’t gonna leave million’s on the table just to play with another all star ! I guarantee the money will have to be similar or they have a way to recoup that money on the back end . For any star player to leave money on the table that he could get from his current team or another suitor the situation has to be an almost guaranteed championship , Like it was with Jordan’s Chicago Bull’s !