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.