Portland Trail Blazers Rumors
After his final game, I stood beside Aldridge in the visiting locker room in Memphis. the media scrum broke. The cameras were gone. He was holding three cellular telephones he carries, two of them he told me don’t even work. They just hold music he likes. There was just a somber feeling about the whole thing, as if this was some kind of ending. He’d rented that house owned by Damon Stoudamire in West Linn all season. He gave notice to his landlord the following day. Neighbors say Aldridge moved out within 72 hours of that loss, and his belongings were shipped to Texas.
I wrote a column two seasons ago about Portland potentially alienating Aldridge by going too far with the Lillard-palooza. Aldridge reached and out told me how much he liked the column. The Blazers decided prior to last season that they’d spend Aldridge’s final season under contract celebrating his milestones, pitching him as the all-time Mr. Trail Blazer.
To their credit, Aldridge and Lillard worked well enough together on the court. They’re both too intelligent and socially aware to take their philosophical differences public. But they were co-workers, and not great friends. Those deeply entrenched in both camps told me on multiple occasions, basketball aside, that the two men were not huge fans of each other. Which only makes Lillard’s inability to get a face-to-face sit-down with Aldridge in that 11th hour trip to Los Angeles less shocking.
Jabari Young: BTW, informed LaMarcus Aldridge came to his decision last night. Hours after meeting with Popovich again #Spurs #Blazers
Chris Haynes: Truth of matter is LaMarcus wanted out of Portland for a while and #Blazers knew it, no matter how they tried to spin it. It was inevitable.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent LaMarcus Aldridge will sign with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 94 more rumors
Star free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge has agreed to sign a four-year, $80 million maximum contract with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Aldridge, who turns 30 on July 19, had spent all nine seasons of his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers, developing into one of the league’s best big men. He informed the Trail Blazers on Friday night that he had narrowed his choices to either the Spurs or Phoenix Suns, then chose the Spurs on Saturday morning.
LaMarcus Aldridge: I’m happy to say I’m going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I’m excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends.
Paul Coro: The Suns’ Aldridge recruitment team now includes the mayor of Phoenix. This looks like it’ll be west of the arena.
Greg Stanton: Hey @aldridge_12, check out what we’re dropping in Downtown PHX tomorrow! #WeArePHX #LMAtoPHX pic.twitter.com/963VFHu6QC: 94 more rumors
Bobby Marks: So here is your LaMarcus Aldridge cheat sheet going into Day 4 of FA: POR: Full Bird Rights. Can sign up to the max salary. 5yrs and most $. PHX: Would need to trade Mk. Morris and PJ Tucker to get to that $18.8m slot for Aldridge. Alex Len would be close but not sure you move him. SAS: TD would have to come in around $6m. Renounce Manu and sign for Room ML, Waive Reggie Williams. That will get you to $18.8m. But do not count out HOU in all of this. If LA really wants to go to HOU, the Rockets have the players to possibly make that work.: 94 more rumors
As if San Antonio Spurs fans need to be teased more about free agent LaMarcus Aldridge and his possibility of joining the Spurs, comes video of him with coach Gregg Popovich, Ime Udoka, and Sean Marks in L.A. as the courting of the big man continues. There’s still no word on any decision from the big man as to whether he will or will not sign with San Antonio. The Suns are reprotedly in the hunt for LaMarcus as well.: 94 more rumors
Ken Berger: The Spurs, Suns and Blazers have separated themselves in the chase for LaMarcus Aldridge, two people directly involved tell @CBSSports. One source stopped short of describing other teams (beyond obvious) as eliminated. But Spurs, Suns, Blazers at top of Aldridge’s list.: 94 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Spurs and Suns have solidified themselves as frontrunners in pursuit of free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, league sources tell Yahoo.: 94 more rumors
Calvin Watkins: Rockets believe odds of getting LaMarcus Aldridge are stronger after the Beverley and Brewer deals. Rockets can do a sign-trade for him.: 94 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rockets still keep flexibility in LaMarcus Aldridge pursuit, via S-and-T scenarios. Houston hopes Brewer deal strengthens case w/ Aldridge.
Mike Richman: For those asking, Damian Lillard is in LA to work with Special Olympics. He didn’t fly there specifically to meet with LaMarcus Aldridge.
Selz: #Spurs Gregg Popovich still recruiting LaMarcus Aldridge at lunch in LA. #NBA #FreeAgency pic.twitter.com/t8vlYRr1Lz: 94 more rumors
Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard said he had an “honest” phone conversation with LaMarcus Aldridge late Thursday that centered around Aldridge’s impending free agent decision. “I just wanted to express to him how important he is to the organization,” Lillard said. “And give my honest feelings of how I feel about him as a player/teammate and what I think we can accomplish together.” Lillard said he couldn’t recall how long the conversation lasted, but there was back and forth between the two All-Stars. “I said a lot,” Lillard said. “And so did he.”: 94 more rumors
“No sales-pitch B.S.,” Lillard said. Lillard did not say whether he thought Aldridge was staying or going. “I understand he has to make a decision for him,” Lillard said. “And we have to respect that.”
Alex Kennedy: Damian Lillard planned to meet LaMarcus Aldridge face-to-face today (as @Sam_Amick said) but they had lengthy phone call instead, per source: 94 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Free agent LaMarcus Aldridge is working to narrow his list of choices to two or three teams today. No final decision is imminent.: 94 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: DeAndre Jordan’s reps informed the Knicks that free agent center has eliminated them, clearing way for Robin Lopez’s $54m deal. Jordan’s focus remains Clippers and Mavericks.: 55 more rumors
LaMarcus Aldridge currently has no plans to make out-of-town visits and, at this stage, plans to take “a couple of days” to digest all the pitches he’s received after meeting with multiple teams, sources told ESPN.com on Friday. The Los Angeles Lakers got a second chance to impress Aldridge, their top free-agent target, on Thursday night in a meeting that lasted about 90 minutes and focused entirely on basketball, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.: 94 more rumors