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.
#Blazers GM Neil Olshey on LaMarcus Aldridge: “Everybody, including LaMarcus knows, he’s the No. 1 priority in the organization.”
— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) May 16, 2014
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.