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

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