HoopsHype LaMarcus Aldridge rumors

February 14, 2014 Updates

His Blazers teammates say they’ve seen a different side of Aldridge this season. He’s more apt to strike up a conversation, rather than merely participate in one. He’s more likely to hang around the practice facility with the team to eat lunch and talk. Aldridge, who has always been eager to tell a joke and crack a smile, was never a bad teammate. But he’s more engaged this season. More determined to lead. More willing to trust. Oregonian

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"I haven't gotten that far into it because I want to wait until this summer," Aldridge said. "But at that point, we'll sit down and talk about it. ... If we're all on the same page, then I'm looking forward to it." The economic options are for Aldridge and his agent, Arn Tellem, to discuss. What shouldn't be overlooked is the fact that Aldridge is open to such a discussion in the first place. Olshey's plan and the Blazers' (34-14) renaissance have made him a believer. "We got off to a really hot start, which is good because now we have that cushion," Aldridge said. "Every team is going through that. This is the time of the year when the grind kind of catches up to you, so we've done a great job of putting ourselves in a really good position." CBSSports.com

"Winning and happiness and making sure my worth is valued," Aldridge said, when asked what he will prioritize when it comes time to decide his future. "It's always nice to be noticed for doing good things." CBSSports.com

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Here Aldridge was again, empty-handed. But, much like Hardy, he wasn't beaten. His response? Dumping in a career-high 44 points (on 15-for-29 shooting and 14-for-17 from the free-throw line), 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in a victory over Denver, a game that saw Aldridge score Portland's last 15 points. For the sake of maximum clarity: the only Blazers player to score in the game's final 9:18 was Aldridge, and he personally outscored the Nuggets 15-14 in the final period. "I've kind of gotten used to those things happening," Aldridge told Blazersedge afterwards, when asked about missing out on a starting spot. "Everybody around me was more upset than me. I came in tonight and [Nicolas Batum] was pretty fired up about it. My mom was pretty heated about it. Me, I was like, 'OK, this is happening again.'" Blazers Edge

"I stand by my belief that he's the best power forward in the game," Stotts said. "I think he showed it again tonight. It's not the first time he's shown that. The starters are voted by the fans, but I think LaMarcus has the respect of the coaches and the players and the general managers in the league. He's going to be in the All-Star Game and deservedly so. I think he just proved, once again, that he's the best power forward [in the NBA]." Blazers Edge

January 23, 2014 Updates

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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