HoopsHype LaMarcus Aldridge rumors

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Returning to national team roster after capturing gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship are Chandler, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant, Iguodala, Love, Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), and Westbrook. Completing the USA National Team roster are NBA standouts LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); David Lee (Golden State Warriors); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). NBA.com

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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

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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

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