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Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge underwent successful surgery today to repair the injured radial collateral ligament of his left thumb. Dr. Thomas J. Graham performed the procedure at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Aldridge is expected to be able to return basketball activity in approximately eight weeks. NBA.com

Count Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley among those that wouldn't be opposed to seeing Paul Pierce finish his career in green. Bradley said Monday during an interview on Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub that he'd very much embrace the chance to play alongside Pierce again if the opportunity presented itself. "I would love that," Bradley said. "To me, Paul is always going to be a Boston Celtic. The things that he's been able to accomplish in his time here, it was just amazing. And I’m pretty sure all the Boston fans would love that, too." ESPN.com

The Clippers' needs are obvious: more depth at small forward, a better backup big man for Griffin and Jordan, youth, athleticism and defense. It's going to be hard to meaningfully address all those needs with only minimum contracts to offer. The Clippers have interest in Lakers swingman Wes Johnson, according to sources. They also have last year's first-round pick -- small forward C.J. Wilcox -- on their bench. Not exactly needle-moving moves. ESPN.com

The Dallas Mavericks are expected to make a strong push for Jordan, who would essentially be a younger version of the Mavs' current defensive anchor Tyson Chandler. The Lakers would likewise love to steal Jordan away from their Staples Center rival. Portland has enough cap space to re-sign LaMarcus Aldridge and make a max offer to Jordan -- who has a similar but far superior skill set to Robin Lopez -- but he'd just be trading one third-fiddle spot for another in that scenario. No other team can offer Jordan more than four years, $80.7 million. But the 26-year-old center could also decide to sign a two-year deal with a player option on the second year to take advantage of the ballooning salary-cap in 2016. If he were to opt out after that first season, then re-sign for five more seasons, Jordan could make $162.6 million over the next six seasons. ESPN.com

Jordan, who finished sixth in the NBA in WARP, is expected to be offered a max contract of five years for $108.7 million by the Clippers this summer, according to sources. Jordan, 26, could decide to spurn that offer and sign a four-year, $80.7 million deal elsewhere. He also could sign a one-year deal with a player option for the second. If he plays well then he could opt out of the second year and cash in when the cap rises to $90 million. If he does that, he would make $18.9 million next season and then be in line to sign a five-year, $143.7 million max contract the following year. ESPN.com

DeAndre Jordan wouldn't even let a reporter finish a question about his future before interrupting. "I'm not a free agent until July," Jordan said flatly Sunday evening. Los Angeles Times

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