HoopsHype LaMarcus Aldridge rumors

January 14, 2014 Updates

A general manager who has one of those three players [LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, David West] said he has not been contacted by the Clippers about dealing for his power forward, nor has he heard that the Clippers have expressed an interest in moving Griffin. Nor does the GM expect they will, for one particular reason: the owner. "Sterling is not going to do anything with Blake because he’s terrified they're going to say, 'See, you screwed it up again,'" the GM said. "Donald understands dunks and star power, not spacing the floor.” Bleacher Report

When Aldridge broke the news to the great Kerry Eggers over at the Portland Tribune that he wanted to get an extension done, he said he felt it was just time to address his future desires publicly. “I just decided to say it,” Aldridge told CSNNW.com. “I couldn’t tell you when I wanted to commit here. All I know is that I want to be here. I didn’t have that moment or anything like that, and I don’t know when I started to feel like this. But I want to be here.” CSNNW.com

So when Aldridge was asked what made him change his non-committal stance on Portland, his reply was predictable and understandable. “Because the team is better,” he said. “We’re headed in the right direction. We should be in the championship picture in a couple of years if we keep improving. That’s what I want. I want to win and we’re winning now. I’m happy. “Neil did a great job of bringing in what we needed. He worked with me throughout the process. I’m happy. We’re winning and we look good. Look, I just want to win.” CSNNW.com

January 12, 2014 Updates

Now Aldridge is of a different mindset about his future. He has one more year after this on a contract that will pay him $16 million for the 2014-15 campaign. He has allowed himself to consider the possibility of finishing his career in Portland, becoming the NBA rarity of a player spending his entire professional career with one team. "I've been here a long time now," he says earnestly. "I'm coming up on some (franchise career individual statistical) records. I never used to pay attention to those things, but I've been watching it more this year. I'm the No. 4 scorer now. That's cool. To leave a legacy with one team and win a championship here and to be here my whole career, that would be great." Portland Tribune

January 9, 2014 Updates

But not all executives agree, and while none would wish Saunders' dilemma on his worst enemy, there's another situation that bears comparison to Love's. That would be the one involving LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers. As Portland endured front-office turmoil and the bad luck of losing No. 1 pick Greg Oden and franchise cornerstone Brandon Roy to devastating knee injuries, it once seemed that Aldridge's days in Portland were numbered. Though he frequently said all the right things publicly, suspicions around the league were growing stronger that a third straight non-playoff season this year would force the Blazers' hand as Aldridge approached his 2015 date with unrestricted free agency. CBSSports.com

January 3, 2014 Updates

Even better, the "lunch meat" cry -- which almost amounts to celebratory pity, if such a thing exists -- is being heard loud and clear on the court. "It means the guy can't guard me," Aldridge sheepishly told Blazersedge. "That I'm going to score at will. It's not that simple when I'm doing it. They say it looks that easy sometimes. It's fine, but I'm not going to get into it, I'm not going to say it myself." Blazers Edge

December 29, 2013 Updates

"It's not even really about LeBron, we were in the game," Aldridge, who finished with 22 points (on 9-for-20 shooting), seven rebounds and four assists, told Blazersedge. "If we take care of business the last minute or minute and a half, that's our game. But we had some breakdowns in the last minute and they capitalized on them." Blazers Edge

December 23, 2013 Updates

During his rookie season, he showed a level of composure well beyond his years. He rarely got rattled while leading the league in minutes played and becoming just the fourth player in NBA history to win the Rookie of the Year award unanimously. This year, he's proving that his stellar debut wasn't a fluke. "He's definitely gotten better from last year," two-time All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. "It's all part of the evolution. He's been very consistent this year. He's made some big shots for us." USA Today Sports

December 16, 2013 Updates

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