HoopsHype LaMarcus Aldridge rumors

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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

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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

August 24, 2014 Updates

Then I would like to say thanks to his beautiful wife, Tori, for sharing him with all of his fans and letting him play a game of basketball for the great city of Seattle at the pro-am on this weekend! Most guys would be lucky to play a game of basketball a week after getting married but Jamal’s wife let him and his friends – Chris Paul, Nate Robinson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Matt Barnes, Tony Wroten, Isaiah Thomas, Dejounte Murray, Wale, Will Conroy – have a pick-up game…at midnight…in front of a few thousand people! That’s love. From wife to husband, husband to fans, fans to the city. It was all love in Seattle last night. Just in case you were wondering who won. Chris Paul’s team beat Crawford’s 136-129 BallIsLife.com

July 30, 2014 Updates

But the Trail Blazers' All-Star power forward didn't completely ruin his chances of representing the United States in the future, including the 2016 Summer Olympics. Jerry Colangelo, the managing director for USA Basketball, said that while he was "disappointed" with Aldridge's last-second withdrawal from this week's USA Basketball training camp, he has learned never to eliminate talent until he absolutely has to. "I've just kind of put that on the shelf," Colangelo told The Oregonian on Wednesday, regarding Aldridge's USA status. "It was disappointing in the sense that it wasn't the first time, as you well know. But I never close the book or close the door on anyone. It's foolish to do that." Oregonian

July 17, 2014 Updates

Despite a pattern of removing his name from consideration for international competition, the door isn’t completely shut on Portland Trail Blazer LaMarcus Aldridge suiting up for his country in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. “It’s not absolutely shut, but it’s premature to talk about the Olympics two years from now when for whatever reason, he turned down another opportunity,” Jerry Colangelo, the director of USA Basketball, told CSNNW.com via phone on Wednesday. “That’s just reality. I never close the door completely. I keep my options open. It was a surprise that he pulled out, but I never shut the door entirely on anyone.” CSNNW.com

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