Why the Blazers Must Trade LaMarcus Aldridge

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April 14, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings power forward Thomas Robinson (41) on the bench against the Houston Rockets in the third quarter at the Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Kings 121-100. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

3) Disposability

It sounds harsh, but it is not intended to. What Aldridge brings to the Blazers is hard to come by. There aren’t many stretch fours out there; much less highly skilled ones, but the Blazers are headed in a new direction. They need aggressive post players.

The arrival of Thomas Robinson may signal the end of the Aldridge era more than anything else. Maybe not yet, but it is only a matter of time before Robinson is sculpted into a starter. When he has carved out his place, it won’t be on the bench.

Robinson is the hard-hitting, high-jumping, rebound machine LaMarcus never was, and he’ll only get better. Their games are polar opposites. Unfortunately, this means that Robinson has a ways to go on offense, but he’s on his way up, whereas Aldridge has crested the hill.

Point being, Portland stands to gain more than they stand to lose in a trade. T-Rob is undeniably a step down, and even a project, but it is a short-term loss for long-term gain. The other improvements that could be made in exchange for Aldridge outweigh Robinson’s deficiencies.

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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.