Ugh. Another trade rumor surrounding LaMarcus Aldridge, and a dubious one at that. This time, Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald writes:
“Word is, Aldridge wants to escape from Portland’s rebuilding project and has made it known that he’d like to land in Chicago.”
Though Aldridge has not made an early commitment to a future in Portland, he has not made any statements about wanting out (unless you count this latest word of mouth).
McGraw goes on to say that:
“Deng for Aldridge won’t get it done. The Blazers want Joakim Noah in return and the Bulls don’t want to give up the superior defensive big man.”
1) Of course Deng for Aldridge won’t get it done. That would be straight robbery. Not to mention Portland already has a much younger and just as capable small forward in Nicolas Batum.
2) While Joakim Noah would fix the Blazers’ most glaring weakness (interior defense), it’s just plugging one hole by bursting another open. Power forward is already Portland’s shallowest position, so who replaces Aldridge?
It would be much easier to find a respectable defensive center elsewhere than it would be to find a substitute for LA. Besides, it would appear that Noah is not even on the table, so McGraw’s story that Aldridge wants to “escape” is likely a moot point anyway. If a deal like this goes through, I will gladly eat crow, but until then, consider this latest trade rumor to be pre-draft filler and nothing more.