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January 21, 2015 Updates

Still: I found it interesting that after having heard very little San Antonio/Aldridge talk of any kind, ever, a bunch of unconnected higher-ups suddenly started mentioning it over the last two weeks. Someone said something to start the rumor mill churning, and the Blazers have always considered one of Aldridge’s home-state Texas teams the biggest threat to snag him away. San Antonio waited on a Kawhi Leonard extension precisely to hoard max cap space this summer in case both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili retire. Dallas could have max-level space, though it’d have to renounce several very good free agents to get it. Houston would need to cut some salary, but it also has the goods to put together a solid sign-and-trade offer if Aldridge makes it known he’d prefer to go there. Grantland

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts announced Tuesday afternoon after the team’s practice in Tualatin that LaMarcus Aldridge, who injured his left hand in the second quarter of Monday night’s 98-94 victory versus the Kings at the Moda Center, will not play in Wednesday night’s game versus the Suns in Phoenix. Though Stotts said Aldridge would neither travel nor play Wednesday night, he had no update on what further examinations may or may not have revealed after an x-ray of Aldridge’s hand came back negative Monday night. Forward Center

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Free agency presents a similar dilemma. There are several free agents that the Knicks and their fans can dream about, but landing a Marc Gasol or LaMarcus Aldridge is a long shot. The agent — as much as agents enjoy it — cautioned that the Knicks need to avoid overpaying for second-tier talent: “They can’t do what they always do — get tied up in deals you don’t want.” The scout agreed, noting, “If they were to get Gasol, all right, then you have ’Melo, Gasol and the rest of those misfits. You’re better, but you’re not there. Keep your cap room available. Don’t overspend on a mediocre player and fill in the holes.” Bergen Record

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December 30, 2014 Updates

"I haven't seen anything. I've been on my couch asleep," the three-time All-Star said Monday at the Trail Blazers practice facility. Aldridge currently sits sixth among Western Conference frontcourt players almost 400,000 votes behind leader Anthony Davis of New Orleans. "I never really gotten into that type of stuff," Aldridge said. "I've gotten in every year on coaches votes so that's what I look forward to." Oregonian

December 22, 2014 Updates
December 9, 2014 Updates

With a step-back, buzzer-beating 3-pointer against the Detroit Pistons, LaMarcus Aldridge netted his 11,333rd point in a Trail Blazers uniform, making him the second-leading scorer in franchise history. The basket moved him past Trail Blazers legend Terry Porter, who had held the No. 2 spot for nearly two decades with 11,330 points. Last season, Aldridge passed both Jerome Kersey (No. 5 with 10,067) and Cliff Robinson (No. 4 with 10,405) on the scoring list. NBA.com

December 8, 2014 Updates

All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge on Monday was named Western Conference Player of the Week, becoming the second Trail Blazers player to earn the award this season. Aldridge averaged 27.0 points, 11.7 rebounds, 1.33 blocks and shot 46 percent from the field, while accumulating three double-doubles over three games, to earn the honor. What's more, the Blazers (16-4) went 3-0 during the week, as Aldridge led them to victories over the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. Oregonian

Aldridge made headlines over the summer when he said he emphatically would re-sign with Portland for the full five years in explaining why he was turning down a short-term contract extension. The Knicks have cap space and a great amount of interest in Aldridge. “I’m not even going to talk about it,’’ Aldridge said. “I went into the season saying I was coming back. I’ll play the season out and go from there.’’ New York Post

Asked by The Post Sunday if he will still listen to teams’ overtures, Aldridge, the three-time All-Star out of Texas, said, “I’m not even going to get into it. It’s something I’ll talk about this summer. Right now it would be a distraction if I talked about it. I don’t want to be a distraction to the team by talking about it.’’ Aldridge has heard the pleas from Knicks fans on the street this weekend and on social media. He has a spectacular mid-range game for a big man and rebounds well. “Of course,’’ Aldridge said about hearing Knicks fans. “Here, on Instagram, everywhere. Fans here are very loyal and talk about coming here. I don’t tell them anything.’’ New York Post

December 7, 2014 Updates

Perhaps Aldridge will join the Knicks this summer, but more likely he will stay in Portland, just like center Marc Gasol will stay in Memphis. Why would Aldridge or Gasol accept less money to join a franchise with one of the league’s bottom three records? The Post reported Friday the Knicks realize the odds are stacked against them for Gasol. New York Post

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