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Before the question was even asked in its entirety, Dirk Nowitzki was ready to tap the brakes. The subject was Portland star and Seagoville product LaMarcus Aldridge and the possibility that Nowitzki and other Maverick players might want to start their sales pitches to Aldridge as soon as possible. The 6-11 power forward will be one of the NBA’s most attractive free agents in the summer of 2015. “Ease up on that,” he said. Dallas Morning News

OK, admittedly, Game No. 5 is a little early to breaking out the speculation for free agents of next summer. Having said that, Nowitzki made it clear that teaming up with Aldridge would be something compelling to him, even though they play the same position. And yes, even though Aldridge has stated his desire to return to Portland and cement himself as the greatest Blazer of all time. “I think I’ve showed in my career that I can play with anybody in this league,” Nowitzki said, clearly warming up to the idea. “In some situations, he’s playing the five [center] when they go small, so …” Dallas Morning News

November 3, 2014 Updates

"Our offense hasn't been as sharp as it was last year or as sharp as we want it to be," All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge said, before adding later, "I think our execution isn't as sharp as it needs to be, especially with guys not being in a really good rhythm right now. I feel like our execution has to be even better to get us over the hump and I feel like we're not running plays the way that we should, I feel like we're not all on the same page at times, so I feel like our offensive execution and connection should be better." Oregonian

"Hopefully," Aldridge said. "I feel like last year it was instant and that kind of spoiled us. We started the season and it was just so easy how the offense flowed. This year, it's more of a learning process. It's more of guys trying to learn how to play the game together again." Oregonian

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$2.6 billion TV contract deal. What’s your thought on max contracts and things going forward. LaMarcus Aldridge: Yeah, that’s the reason why I didn’t sign this summer. It makes more sense financially to wait one year and play it out and be a free agent and then re-sign here where I can get double the money and it just secures my future here in this organization. So that’s why I didn’t sign. Definitely I want to be looking for that maximum contract. I don’t think I’m going to hit that. I think that money kicks in in 2016, so I’m going to miss it by one year. So, that’s sad to know, but for all the guys in 2016, happy for y’all. Forward Center

LaMarcus Aldridge: I’ve been here my whole career and for one player to be in one organization, that’s rare. I didn’t want to leave like that, but if I didn’t feel like this team would have a chance to win, then that was going to change my mind. Last year definitely made me want to be here, it made me excited to come back. I came back into camp this year really excited about being here and just understanding I have to continue to lead these guys and that anything is possible. Forward Center

LaMarcus Aldridge: I’m definitely going to shoot more threes. Coach has been trying to get me to shoot them for the last two years. I think I’m the last player who didn’t want to shoot threes. I just wanted to wait until I was more comfortable with it. I definitely worked on it this summer and I feel more comfortable with it. Coach has already put me in plays where I’m in the corner more, I can down the three. I think that’s going to be one of the things I bring to the team this year. Forward Center

October 13, 2014 Updates

Mike Tokito: LaMarcus Aldridge joked that he's glad "Shaqtin a fool" isn't on yet, because his stepping in before inbounding ball would've been on it. Twitter @mtokito

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But will he? Asked about the possibility of taking more shots behind the arc this season, Aldridge -- who made three All-Star Games with no three-point game to speak of -- didn't give a firm yes, but admitted he did prepare for the possibility. "This summer, I worked on it a lot more, so we'll see this season," he said, later adding, "If it's there, I'll take it. I'm not going to force it at all." Oregonian

September 30, 2014 Updates

Q: It was reported this summer that you went to Los Angeles this summer to present a contract extension to LaMarcus Aldridge. Can you talk about why you did that? Paul Allen: I just thought it was very important that we have a direct discussion with LA. It went great. We presented him with a couple of options and obviously he thinks the option of being unrestricted next season and of course looking at a very long extension is the one he chose to pursue. We understand that, but we thought we should talk through all those things. It was just great to be able to sit down with LA and get a chance to really understand his thinking about the team. He’s very excited about the team. You guys talked to him at media day yesterday and I hope you got that sense, too. Forward Center

Aldridge, a free agent after this season, reiterated his vow made after last season that he will sign a new deal with the Blazers next summer. He will then be eligible for a larger, longer-term contract with Larry Bird Rights. "Me not re-signing (last summer) wasn't a sign I didn't want to be here," he said. "It didn't make (financial) sense on my end. I'm not trying to hide from it. I just don't want that to be the focus. I want our focus to be to get better, to try to advance further than last year." Portland Tribune

Aldridge turned down a chance to play with the U.S. national team, and it wasn't the first time. This time, he said, he wanted to make he didn't suffer an injury -- as happened with Indiana's Paul George -- that might keep him from achieving his goal of helping the Blazers go deep in the playoffs. "It was about my personal preference," Aldridge said. "Having a big season coming up, I didn't want to risk anything crazy out there. "I was disappointed to not be in that group. I wanted to be a part of that group for a long time. Things keep coming up. This time, the major part was me and my agent and (officials from) my team sat down, and we felt like we didn't want to take that risk right now." Portland Tribune

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