Why the Blazers Must Trade LaMarcus Aldridge

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Dec 16, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) rolls on the court after injuring his ankle late in the fourth quarter of the game against the New Orleans Hornets at the Rose Garden. The Blazers won the game 95-94. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

1) Age

LaMarcus Aldridge turned 28 today and is ready to enter his 8th season as a professional basketball player. While I do not consider this to be over the hill, it does affect his trade value. The longer Portland waits, the less they can expect to receive in return.

Teams will pay a higher price for a couple years of primetime LaMarcus than they will for one that is slowly rolling past his peak. I do not want to see the Blazers hold on to him longer than is beneficial. They are not a contender, nor will they be any time during Aldridge’s current contract.

So why not let him go while Portland is still rebuilding (again)? It doesn’t make sense to continue forming a team of young players around a question mark. If the Blazers are banking on a 30 year old LMA to re-sign two years down the line, they may find themselves in a pickle.

Even if he did, there is no guarantee that he would be the same player he is today. I don’t think he will decline as quickly as some have implied, but there are finances to think about. Portland may end up handcuffed to a rusting anchor for dollars on the penny.

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  • Thatguyyouworkwith

    I think we should shackle him up and make him rot in Portland. Huzzah!

  • mmesserly

    While I don’t disagree, at some point a franchise has to drop an anchor and go for it with some combination of veterans. If Aldridge were a free agent acquisition for the Blazers in 2015 as opposed to a free agent departure, I believe Blazer fans would be thrilled and wouldn’t be stressing too much over the points provided above. Lillard needs two legit consistent scorers and Batum isn’t one. That being the case, the Blazers are going to have to hit with a similar talent as Lillard and a strong supporting scorer at the 2, 4 or 5 spots or this franchise is a constant 6 – 11 seed in the West for many years to come.

  • Jah

    And to say my Rox was this close to getting LMA until Morey declined it. Why??????? That was our ticket for a Big 3. I’m thinking Howard and/or Harden had reservation about adding a 3rd max Superstar talent at the 4, especially someone of Aldridge’s pedigree.

    I think with Harden, Howard and Aldridge, there will be less touches and that, maybe, Howard prefers that 3rd max player be a PG rather than a legit PF. If that’s the case, I hope Howard is right because he is the face of the Rox’s franchise as much as Harden is. However, Aldridge is an All-Star talent and anytime you have a chance to grab a player of that caliber, you do it.

    Aldridge can easily compliment Howard. He’s a stretch 4 type and can easily feed the ball to Howard. The defense would be totally unprepared to deal with a trio of Harden, Howard and Aldridge that the spacing on the floor would be like highway robbery.