LaMarcus Aldridge Rumors

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LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge
Position: F-C
Born: 07/19/85
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:237 lbs. / 107.5 kg.
Salary: $0
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With rumors running rampant about the initial meeting going astray, Aldridge decided to clear the air. “With the Lakers, it wasn’t anything crazy,” Aldridge said. “It was just the [first] meeting didn’t go as well as I wanted it to, so I did another one. People blew it out of proportion about things happening in the meeting. That wasn’t correct. It just didn’t go as good as I wanted it to so I had one more.”
via Basketball Insiders
Aldridge also put to rest any rumors about friction between him and All-Star guard Damian Lillard leading to his departure. “We got along very well during the season,” Aldridge said. “I thought we played well off of each other. So, all of that stuff is just rumors that I’ve dealt with before. Me leaving had nothing to do with any of that. It was just me feeling like being close to home, by my family, being able to see them more and just a change of scenery. I had been in Portland for nine years. I had been through a couple of rebuilds, so it was just time to try something new. It wasn’t anything toward Damian or the organization.”
via Basketball Insiders
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Asked specifically about Lillard on Monday, Aldridge called him a “good guy,” adding “we have no issue with each other, no animosity. “We got along very well during the season. I thought we played well off of each other. So, all of that stuff is just rumors that I’ve dealt with before. Me leaving had nothing to do with any of that. It was just me feeling like being close to home, by my family, being able to see them more and just a change of scenery. I had been in Portland for nine years. I had been through a couple of rebuilds. So it was just time to try something new. It wasn’t anything toward Damian or the organization.”
via ESPN.com
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Aldridge told Lillard he was leaving Portland before his final decision to sign with San Antonio became public. “We basically exchanged texts about how much admiration we have for each other,” said Lillard, who signed a five-year, $120 million extension with the Blazers this week. “That change wasn’t about me. I did express that I wanted him to be back. I told him I respected his decision. I respected that he told me before the news broke and I saw it on TV.” Was there anything more that Lillard or the Blazers could have done to keep Aldridge? “I’m not sure there is,” Lillard said. “I think he needed a change and wanted to go some place where he felt he had a better chance to win.”
via Yahoo! Sports