May 8, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) reacts after being called for an offensive foul against the San Antonio Spurs in game two of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 114-97. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

LaMarcus Aldridge & Trade Rumors

LaMarcus Aldridge trade rumors have died down a bit since last season, presumably because Aldridge is happier with the state of the Portland Trail Blazers now that they are back on track. There have still been whispers, but nothing too concerning. The Cavaliers would like him on their team, but, then again, so would everyone else. This is why I put precisely 0 stock in Aldridge trade rumors.

The way I see it, Aldridge has reached the point where he is widely coveted, but not off the theoretical table. He is a perennial all-star in his prime that could improve almost any roster. Here is where most of the rumors crop up because every team wants him now, but he is not so good as to be unconditionally unavailable like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, or Chris Paul.

Most reports you see at this time of year about teams being “interested in” Aldridge are fluff. Could the interested party eventually strike a deal? Sure. But that is true of any team that is interested, which, again, is currently most of them. Rumors have been especially prevalent for the Cleveland Cavaliers because they have an immediate need and strong assets, but all it will likely ever be is talk.



Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey has made it clear that retaining Aldridge is Portland’s priority number one. I am sure that he would still consider favorable proposals, but I doubt Cleveland will make any. If you are the Cavaliers, do you offer up the number one pick in a historically strong draft class for an expensive player under contract for just one more season? Probably not.

Of course, it is not that black and white, but you get the idea. At this point, Aldridge trade rumors are a sign that he has turned a corner more than anything else. NBA teams will always be interested in the league’s top players, and now Aldridge is considered to be one of them by rival executives. Buzz may build as the draft approaches, but I am confident that Aldridge is staying put.



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  • ripcity_aloha

    I think the chemistry and camaraderie on the team is very good right now. we have a coach, a system, and a GM for the foreseeable future. The current squad now has a faint idea of what it really takes to win a championship. Can this 5 plus a bench contend? Right now, probably not. They would all have to make the jump to the next level. More than random talent, I would like to see us continue to bring in high caliber guys.

  • Paul R

    There is no one in the draft that I would trade LaMarcus for so it doesn’t make sense to trade him and wait for 3-4 years development when Neil said we want to win now. Silly notion to even write about it.

  • terrance

    Actually I think Aldrige wants to play in a bigger market. Chicago could make a run at Aldrige if they cannot land Melo. The TB dont have a draft pick this year and he’s not going to sign an extension he’s going to become a free agent. Now the TB are not title contenders so what do you? Do you let him walk away for nothing or do you maybe take boozer who has one year left and a draft pick? Or the Suns could be appealing they have a good group and ample cap space and three first round picks. Don’t forget those desperate Knicks who if the TB don’t act fast could be there only trading partner left after the draft. Oh then there’s the Celtics who also have 2 first round picks and why wouldn’t he wanna play in a basketball city like Boston? Also we know the C’s are desperate to Rondo in town bringing in Aldrige could be just what they needed.