HoopsHype LaMarcus Aldridge rumors

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Despite a pattern of removing his name from consideration for international competition, the door isn’t completely shut on Portland Trail Blazer LaMarcus Aldridge suiting up for his country in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. “It’s not absolutely shut, but it’s premature to talk about the Olympics two years from now when for whatever reason, he turned down another opportunity,” Jerry Colangelo, the director of USA Basketball, told CSNNW.com via phone on Wednesday. “That’s just reality. I never close the door completely. I keep my options open. It was a surprise that he pulled out, but I never shut the door entirely on anyone.” CSNNW.com

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Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen and general manager Neil Olshey formally presented the representatives of three-time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge a maximum contract extension in Los Angeles last week, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Allen and Olshey met with Wasserman Media Group agents Thad Foucher and Arn Tellem to lay out the max contract extension scenarios available to Aldridge and reaffirm the franchise's desire to secure him for the long term, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

With only a remote chance that Aldridge will agree to the three-year, $55.5 million extension afforded him this summer under the collective bargaining agreement, the Blazers are determined to keep Aldridge on a five-year, $108 million extension that he can sign upon reaching free agency next summer. Yahoo! Sports

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