Several reports have indicated the Cleveland Cavaliers would like to deal the number one overall pick and acquire a veteran, perhaps even a superstar to add to their current roster (and they may use power forward Tristan Thompson and guard Dion Waiters to get it done).[related category]
The Cavaliers plan to chase several All-Star caliber big men, including Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love, Portland Trail Blazers’ power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Chicago Bulls’ center Joakim Noah and Atlanta Hawks’ big man Al Horford (although it recently came out that the Cavaliers were “lukewarm” on Horford).
Obviously, plenty of teams would love to get their hands on Aldridge. Jabari Davis was asked about the Los Angeles Lakers jumping into the Aldridge sweepstakes and responded by reporting the Blazers will not be moving Aldridge.
Hey Roger, thanks for your submission. The Lakers have the 7th pick, and Gasol wouldn’t be able to re-sign until the July free agency period. The Lakers could conceivably have deals worked out so that they pick a player another team prefers, but that would also require Gasol being willing to actually play for the team they have in mind. Gasol is an unrestricted free agent, so he decides where he plays next.
Btw, Aldridge isn’t going to be moved. Notice how all of that talk died down by December? They’ve got a good situation there in Portland, and one all parties should want to build upon.
Aldridge averaged 23.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 blocks per game this season.