HoopsHype LaMarcus Aldridge rumors

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

The Knicks, whose priority this offseason is signing a big man, can offer just four years to Aldridge, who would be a nice fit in the triangle because of his post-up and mid-range game. Nevertheless, with the new TV contract worth billions, Aldridge could sign for two years and wait for the explosion of the salary cap and max contracts that are expected to take place starting in 2016. The Blazers are off to a 15-4 start — a strong pull for Aldridge to remain comfortable in wanting to remain in Rose City. Aldridge is dazzling, averaging 22.2 points and 9.8 rebounds. New York Post

December 5, 2014 Updates

Anybody who knows Aldridge, or anybody who has even casually spent time around him during his nine years here, has a good feeling they know the answer to the question. Aldridge is coming back to Portland. Oregonian

But those people don't understand how important it is for Aldridge to be comfortable. If he signs a maximum contract for another team, there will be huge expectations, attention, and obligations to fulfill ... all while having to get acclimated to a new team. I presented my theory to Aldridge on Thursday, and he didn't agree or disagree. "I'm definitely comfortable here, but this is all I know,'' Aldridge said. "I can't say I would be uncomfortable in those environments you talk about, but I can say I'm comfortable here, because I've been here so long and I understand this market, this city, this organization. So there's that extra level of comfort here.'' Oregonian

November 20, 2014 Updates

For LaMarcus Aldridge, the meeting with Chicago is a chance to face the franchise that drafted him No. 2 overall in the 2006 before trading him to Portland in exchange for Tyrus Thomas on draft night. Aldridge said he doesn't think about the Bulls trading him on draft day as much as he did early in his career. "I think early in my career I might have used it for motivation," he said. "But now I'm too old to be still holding that grudge." Oregonian

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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

October 26, 2014 Updates

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