Why the Blazers Must Trade LaMarcus Aldridge

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Jan. 6, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge during game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 102-77. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

2) Cost

The monetary ramifications of Aldridge’s contract are not isolated to the distant future. Aldridge is Portland’s highest paid player at $15 million this season and $16 million in 2014-2015. Right now, he’s worth it, but I guarantee the Blazers will be hurting a year from now.

In the final season of Aldridge’s contract, the Blazers are on the books for $52 million. That is before making any decisions on Lillard, Robinson, Barton, or Harris. Keeping Lillard and Barton alone would put Portland at capacity. They need to convert obligation into flexibility.

One way to do this is to trade Aldridge for a cheaper high-level player and a sweet, sweet trade exception. The Blazers are going to need something to work with a year from now. Since LaMarcus holds the largest contract, he is the best candidate- not to mention the most desirable.

Who knows? Maybe Portland will finally find the center of their dreams and we can put an end to the Blazers’ most publicized narrative; though I would not be opposed to looking at other positions. One’s options are extensive when offering an all-star.

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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.