Over the last few years, it looked like there was virtually no chance power forward LaMarcus Aldridge would be leaving the Portland Trail Blazers as soon as he could. However, with the emergence of point guard Damian Lillard, the Blazers went 54-28 and even defeated the Houston Rockets in six games in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the world champion San Antonio Spurs, in five, it looks like Aldridge will remain with the Blazers for some time.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders believes Aldrdige’s name will come up a lot in trade talks but doesn’t seem him going anywhere.
Two seasons ago it seemed like a foregone conclusion that LaMarcus would be leaving Portland. Today it seems unlikely that he won’t be back on a new long term deal in July. Aldridge has said repeatedly that his intention in July is to sign a new max contract with the Trail Blazers.
Like all potential unrestricted free agents, there is risk for Portland, but given that both sides of this have a very open dialogue going, it’s unlikely that Aldridge isn’t back in Portland. But, this one will linger, and Aldridge’s name is going to come up a lot even though it’s unlikely he’s going anywhere.
Aldridge averaged 23.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 45.8% from the field, 20.0% from beyond the arc and 82.2% from the free throw line. Aldridge, who was selected with the second-overall pick in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft, has put up 18.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals per game while shooting 48.8% from the floor, 20.7% from three and 78.8% from the charity stripe in his eight-year career.
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