HoopsHype LaMarcus Aldridge rumors

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April 30, 2015 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge on Thursday sounded like a player who isn't ready to leave Portland. The impending free agent said he hasn't discussed his options yet, but he admitted that his nine seasons in Portland is a hard thing to ignore. "Of course I love being here, and I'm thankful for everything this city has given me, thankful for my time here,'' Aldridge said. "It's been an amazing nine years and of course I'm not trying to make that end.'' Oregonian

Teams are eligible to start recruiting Aldridge on July 1. He said he doesn't intend to make his decision a drawn out process. "I'm definitely not one to prolong things or drag it out,'' Aldridge said. "That's not really my personality." Oregonian

Barkley: "But the reason I think LaMarcus should stay in Portland, LaMarcus is a very good player. If he goes to New York or the Lakers, people going to expect him to be a superstar player. He's a good player. There's a difference between being a good player and being a superstar. He's in a perfect situation there in Portland. "I think some guys, if they become free agents, if you go to another team, especially in a major market, people expecting you to be LeBron James or Kevin Durant or Anthony Davis. Those are the three guys who are superstars in the NBA in my opinion, and I'm not paying these other guys all that money." Oregonian

April 29, 2015 Updates

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