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February 17, 2015 Updates

Here is what’s known: the Blazers like Afflalo, but would prefer Chandler. Afflalo is known as a decent locker room guy, can knockdown an open shot, and he’s a veteran, which Terry Stotts likes. Should the Nuggets asking price seem fair, and Chandler is a no-go, it won’t be a surprise to see Afflalo in black and red. CSNNW.com

February 16, 2015 Updates

But Aldridge smiled when the grind of, ‘Are you coming to New York?’ queries was mentioned. “You know it is coming when you come here, but really, it wasn’t too bad,” Aldridge told Sporting News. “I didn’t get hit with it too much. It was off and on, but it wasn’t too bad and I’m used to it by now. I am not in free agency so there isn’t much to say.” Aldridge also said he was not really recruited all that much by players employed by teams with cap space this summer—and yes, that includes Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. "Maybe I'm not good enough," Aldridge said with a smile. Sporting News

He was asked about the prospect of being in New York generally, saying, “It’s one of the cities that most guys look forward to coming to. Always a lot going on, fashion capital, so I think guys like coming here.” He was asked about the triangle offense. “I’m a post player,” he said. “So I don’t mind it. I feel like I could play in it and I could do well in it.” Sporting News

That, however, probably was of small comfort to his bosses back in Portland. Aldridge has said his preference is to simply re-sign in Portland, but he’s obviously keeping an open mind. The relative openness of that mind has weighed on the Blazers’ front office all year. “It’s probably being paranoid, I think just about everyone expects him to stay (with the Blazers), but they’re very, very scared to lose him,” one league executive told Sporting News. “They’ve been reluctant to do anything with the roster as it stands because they want to stay in position to bring him back. For smaller markets, you’re always afraid of losing the stars you drafted and groomed.” Sporting News

With Nicolas Batum struggling with inconsistency this season, Portland has its eye on adding a small forward. Yahoo! Sports

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February 15, 2015 Updates

“Winning and being happy, I think those two [are what I’m looking for],” Aldridge said. “I want to win and I want to love where I’m at. “I want to like the management and feel comfortable that they are going to do the right things to keep winning and I want to spend my time with an organization where I love what they’re doing and where they’re going. “No, [Carmelo hasn’t recruited me], maybe I’m not good enough (laughs). No, I haven’t been around anybody, I’ve been by myself all day so no I haven’t. But we’ll see what happens when I’m here. Basketball Insiders

February 14, 2015 Updates

Damian Lillard is already ahead of the game if he avoids a corny flow, and that he does. The Trail Blazers guard appears on "Sway in the Morning" where the whole crew rapped a few bars. Heather B was herself. You may remember her from The Real World when she was trying to make it in the hip-hop industry. Sway, on the other hand, is a sleeper. He's one of those people who never brags about rhyming, but when it's time, he shows up and shows out. Lillard shuts the whole squad down and kills it over Jay Z's "Dead Presidents" beat. The flow is raw and effortless. After constantly having a "4-bar Friday," it's nice to see Lillard participate. Sporting News

After initially planning to start Kevin Durant in place of the injured Anthony Davis in Sunday's All-Star Game, Western Conference coach Steve Kerr called an audible Saturday afternoon and decided to make LaMarcus Aldridge his fifth starter. Aldridge, a Portland Trail Blazers forward, is taking the place of Davis in the starting lineup because of a shoulder sprain that caused the New Orleans Pelicans star to miss his team's last two games before the All-Star break. ESPN.com

As if being a two-time NBA All-Star wasn't enough, Damian Lillard is making a name for himself in the rap industry. In September 2013, he created #4BarFriday, allowing fans to submit their best four lines in a 15-second clip. Lillard then chooses the best four submissions each Friday to highlight. The Instagram account has amassed nearly 50,000 followers to date, and has submissions from LeBron James, Paul George and more in its first 74 weeks. Dame has also taken his rap act to late night talk shows, appearing on the Conan O'Brien Show. NBA.com

And speaking of cold, Aldridge didn’t think the cold weather in New York was an issue that would deter free agents from considering the city as a destination. Instead, Aldridge endorsed New York as a place that other players enjoy going to for All-Star Weekend. “It’s cold everywhere, I don’t think [it’ll scare off free agents],” Aldridge said. “This is one of those things I think most guys look forward to coming to. It’s a fun city, always a lot going on, fashion capital, so I think guys love it here. … I think playing here is awesome. These fans are very loyal and very honest. I think anyone would love playing here. This is the basketball capital. There’s so much history.” Basketball Insiders

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