LaMarcus Aldridge Could Pass Clyde Drexler for Longest Blazer Tenure

Dec 31, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) congratulates small forward Nicolas Batum (88) in action against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

 

Yesterday, in an interview with Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune, LaMarcus Aldridge revealed that he would like to re-sign with the Portland Trail Blazers when his current contract expires in 2015. Aldridge is in the midst of his eighth (and best) NBA season. Assuming that he remains in Portland through the end of his contract, he will have been a Trail Blazer for nine seasons.

Hall-of-famer and 10-time NBA All-Star Clyde Drexler is the longest tenured player in Trail Blazers history. He was a Trail Blazer from the day he was drafted (June 28th, 1983) to the day his trade request was honored and he was sent to Houston (February 14th, 1995). He represented Rip City for eleven and a half seasons.

If LaMarcus Aldridge does indeed re-sign with Portland in 2015, he is likely to pass Clyde Drexler to become the longest tenured Trail Blazer ever. A 3+ year deal is not unprecedented for a 29 year old player of Aldridge’s caliber. When the day comes for him to ink his next contract (max or not), he may be penning a chapter in the history books.

There are so few players who play with one team their entire career. Look at the active veterans that have so far—Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Dirk Nowitzki, etc. That’s fantastic company to be in. Signs are strongly pointing toward LaMarcus Aldridge joining this exclusive club.

He’s approaching franchise player milestone status. Magic Johnson & Kobe Bryant will always be Laker legends, Larry Bird & Bill Russell will always be Celtic legends, just as Isiah Thomas will always be a Piston legend. The list goes on. If LaMarcus Aldridge remains a Trail Blazer for years to come, his banner will join Bill Walton’s & Clyde Drexler’s among the marquee names in the Portland rafters.

 

 

Topics: Clyde Drexler, LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers

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  • Draftdog

    Back on track David! Just a thought on the eleven and a half painful years Drexler was in Portland. While I understand Clyde was a great basketball player and I was forever impressed with his athletic ability. His shot selection was a constant burr under my blanket. If Clyde stopped and squared his shoulders to the basket he was a deadly shooter. Unfortunately he more than frequently did not stop. While gliding through the air to the right he would turn and shoot the biggest bricks I have ever seen a superstar shoot. When he was first drafted I thought he would learn that it was ineffective. No such luck. He did it until the day he left Portland. I for one was not sad to see him go. After that I didn’t get to see him much in Houston, so I don’t know if they persuaded him or not. Take a look at his career shooting average.

    • David MacKay

      47.2 percent is pretty solid for a guard, but I get what you mean. It’s very much like present-day Batum, the way he shoots rushed and off-balance. A self-imposed road block.

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