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April 2, 2015 Updates

The Knicks will make their pass at Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge, and likely at Rajon Rondo and/or Goran Dragic, too, but expect them to be aggressive in pursuing as many young free agents as possible. Jackson does not want to build a team around players in their early 30s. That means Reggie Jackson, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight will factor prominently on the Knicks’ radar as the team looks to avoid its long-standing habit of indulging in short-term fixes that set the franchise back in the long term. Sporting News

April 1, 2015 Updates

Though he could become one of the most sought-after free agents this summer, the Dallas native has repeatedly intimated that he plans to stay in Portland, which plans to hand the 29-year-old big man a five-year contract in excess of $100 million. Aldridge became the franchise’s all-time leading rebounder earlier this month and is also a beloved figure within the community who appeared in the IFC comedy series, “Portlandia.” “It’s bittersweet,” Aldridge said of his rise. “I think God has a plan for everybody. Maybe my plan wasn’t to be loved right away. My role was a little tougher than other franchise players, but it happens. I think it helped me build character and not take anything for granted. I know that I had to really earn it, so it makes me appreciative. It also makes me wonder how easily they can move on, too.” Washington Post

Aldridge is one of just three players to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of the past two seasons — Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are the others — and leads the league in total field goals despite missing eight games. He managed to maintain a level of obscurity despite his consistent production. “I’m used to it. Put me in New York or Chicago, and of course, it would be a bigger deal made of it,” Aldridge said with a shrug. “I think guys who do less definitely get more hype than me at times but I’m used to it. I believe in God and I trust Him. And I just keep working.” Washington Post

Aldridge returned last week to halt the skid in Utah, and the Blazers have won four in a row overall. The remarkable part about Aldridge’s return is that the four-time all-star is averaging more points and rebounds and shooting a better percentage from the field since injuring his left thumb. “I thought my rebounding would suffer having one hand but actually it’s been better,” Aldridge said with a grin. “I think I’m locked in more. I know I can’t get those one-hand rebounds any more. Things aren’t as easy, so I’m just more locked in about everything, my shot and getting rebounds.” Washington Post

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Aldridge and Batum started the game, but suffered injuries in the first half and didn't return to action after halftime. Aldridge appeared to re-injure his left thumb when Memphis' Tony Allen reached in and attempted a steal in the first quarter. Aldridge has been playing with torn ligaments in his left thumb since late January. He scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds in the first half. Batum tweaked his back in the first half and did not return to the game. He was 0-for-4 with two rebounds in 15:19 before leaving the game with an injury. X-Rays on Aldridge's left hand came back negative. Oregonian

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Harden has gone from an All-Star famous for his facial hair and inconsistent defensive effort, to a legit MVP candidate and the best shooting guard in the NBA. He is second in the league in scoring (27.1 points per game), fifth in made three-pointers (161) and tenth in assists (7.1 a game). "He's a big time scorer. He makes his team better in every way," Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge said of Harden following Blazers practice on Tuesday. "So just trying to make his looks tough. Just try to make everything difficult for him." Oregonian

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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

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

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

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