Posted July 18, 2013

Report: LaMarcus Aldridge seeking trade from Trail Blazers

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LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly is seeking a trade despite Portland's offseason additions. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Receiving equal value in a trade for LaMarcus Aldridge could prove to be difficult for the Trail Blazers. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Representatives of All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge met with Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey on Sunday to seek several trade scenarios, according to a report from Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet.

The meeting that reportedly took place in Las Vegas was amicable, with Aldridge seeking a move to a team better suited to contend. But even if the Trail Blazers were inclined to trade their best player, getting equal value might be unlikely this offseason.

The report infers that the Bulls, Timberwolves, Clippers, Hawks and Pelicans have so far declined trading key players in a deal including Aldridge and the Blazers.

From SportsNet:

According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the situation, described the meeting as being productive with both sides focused on doing what’s best for both parties.

Aldridge, 27, has two years and roughly $30 million remaining on his current contract and I’m told Olshey is in no rush to facilitate a deal at the urging of a player’s camp, especially if the organization isn’t getting equal value in return.

Trading Aldridge for a collection of draft picks will not be an option.

Prospective teams holding the rights to Joakim Noah, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Al Horford and Anthony Davis, as of now, have declined to involve their franchise players in any potential deals for Aldridge, a league source told CSNNW.com.

GOLLIVER: Thomas Robinson eyes career revival in Portland

Olshey told Blazersedge last week that that Aldridge was “pleased” with Portland’s 2013 offseason, which has included trading for center Robin Lopez (formerly of the Pelicans) and forward Thomas Robinson (Rockets), signing free-agent forward Dorell Wright (76ers) and drafting Lehigh guard CJ McCollum.


57 comments
UTKING
UTKING

Love to see him back with in Texas, HOOK EM!!!!

Azeron
Azeron

This is crazy!  The Hawks wouldn't part with Al Horford?  The Wolves wouldn't part with Kevin Love?  I can see how the Bulls might be reluctant to swap Noah for Aldridge, despite Aldridge being clearly the more gifted offensive player.  I can also see where the Clippers might be afraid to move Griffin despite Aldridge being the better player.  There is so much hype around Griffin that it would not be a popular move despite it being the correct basketball move.

Azeron
Azeron

Wait a minute...the Pelicans wouldn't trade Anthony Davis for Aldridge?  That doesn't even sound right.  Maybe they refused to participate in a multiple team trade where they DON'T end up with Aldridge...

STAR1
STAR1

Knicks get: Aldridge & Batum

Blazers get- Shumpert, Tyson.

RahshonGamble
RahshonGamble

Bobcats get

Lamarcus Alderidge

Willie Matthews

2014 2nd round pick

Blazers get

Ben Gordon

Ramon Sessions

Gerald Henderson

Detroit's #1 2014 pick,2017 unprotected pick

RahshonGamble
RahshonGamble

Bobcats can offer 18million expiring contracts

and Gerald Henderson sign and trade

Plus Detroits #1 pick, and a 2017,2018 unprotected #1 picks

RahshonGamble
RahshonGamble

Bobcats should get involved,that way they can develope Cody Zellar off the bench

RayHuggyBearYoung
RayHuggyBearYoung

Thought he wanted to go to a contending team?  Half the teams listed as potential suitors are not sniffing the playoffs.

Beavis1
Beavis1

Why not trading him to thee Knicks for Tyson Chandler and another player?

ESPNBoardGOAT
ESPNBoardGOAT

Of course he wants to be traded...question is what took so long for things to get in motion?

Baresark !
Baresark !

Hey, the Heat would trade Bosh, James Jones and Joel Anthony for LaMarcus Aldridge...?

SeanHHS
SeanHHS

God, ESPN go back to the old format. This is painful!!!!!!

SeanHHS
SeanHHS

Has Aldridge ever turned out to be the player he was expected to be?

DeanHewitt
DeanHewitt

I don't see why Portland doesn't trade Alridge to Houston for Asik.  Houston gets an all star pf and Portland gets a starting center.

Fishfinsbottlesnbitches
Fishfinsbottlesnbitches

At 27 He doesn't want to spend the prime of his career on a rebuilding team. But it puts Portland in a tough spot. I don't think they will get great value for him.

Zach
Zach

Word is that Aldridge doesn't like Portland's small-town feel and wants the big lights of a metropolis. So many of these NBA players are so concerned with 1) enhancing their brand through commercials and 2) making sure they and their posse have a warm-weather urban playground. It almost forces small market-teams to pursue a humbler type of player who doesn't crave the attention (Duncan, Malone, Durant) - and those stars are even more hard to find.

Steelers7160
Steelers7160

I would love to see him on the nuggets. Don't believe the nuggets would trade the young talent to get him though

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Riley, you and that oil slick you call a hair style better be on the phone doing what every it takes to get Aldridge for that Dino Chris Bosh,  Yes that same Raptor you are paying 20 million dollars a year to hang out on the wing and take 10-20 foot jumpers.

comeflywithme23
comeflywithme23

Wish that the Trail blazers would trade him to the Chicago bulls but with out Noah don't see it happen.


STAR1
STAR1

@Azeron I assume you are a Blazers fan? I wouldn't like it either. But considering it is what it is, it might not be a bad thing. Blazers will try to get back quanity over quality but quality players too, just that they will want either players plus picks or a number of players. Just wondering, you think they would take Tyson Chandler plus a 2015 1st round pick?

STAR1
STAR1

@Azeron Aldridge only has 2 years left so its a toughy, not sure i would either. Whereas you have Davis longer plus bird rights

FitiUsa
FitiUsa

@Beavis1  because blazes are better than  knicks they suck balls

crdurrett018
crdurrett018

@Baresark ! They'd want a young player. Bosh is older than L.A. Bosh is also a better defender IMO. Jones and Anthony are 1-D and are barely in the league at this point.

salvaje50
salvaje50

@SeanHHS Yes, he has.  He's very good.  Not his fault he plays on Portland.

salvaje50
salvaje50

@DeanHewitt Because Aldridge is an all-star caliber player who can score and defend and Asik is not.  Houston would have to give up more than Asik to get Aldridge.  Parsons would have to be included.

duckfan59
duckfan59

@DeanHewitt Maybe because they just acquired Robin Lopez so they've already addressed that need.

Azeron
Azeron

@Fishfinsbottlesnbitches They have two years to trade him.  The longer they wait...the less they are likely to garner in return.  They HAVE to sit tight until the trade deadline in 2015.  No one is willing to give up assets from this 2014 draft that is upcoming.

WCoastPro
WCoastPro

@Zach No. I call BS.  Where did you hear this Word? 

He doesn't want to spend his prime years on team that may or may not make the playoffs.  Nor does his agent.  He's played in POR for 7 yrs and being an all-star caliber player he deserves to have options.  It's not the city, it's team/organization. 

salvaje50
salvaje50

@Steelers7160 If they were willing to give up Faried and other assets they would have a chance.

crdurrett018
crdurrett018

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler He can play but why take on a older player. Bosh is probably a better player in that system. Aldridge can score in the post and on the perimeter. I don't think he is as mobile and capable of playing small ball Center . That requires trapping and quick rotations on to guards.

STAR1
STAR1

@Azeron Plus hes younger with just as much potential

crdurrett018
crdurrett018

@salvaje50 @Steelers7160 Faried has a limited ceiling. He is a high energy player and can board and score in the p&r and in transition. He needs a 15 footer and a semblance of post moves. 

Moving him means that they would have to package Miller in the deal and they would still be short by about $5 million to make the deal work. They'd need a 3rd team.

Tinytimmay
Tinytimmay

@Hampton180 @comeflywithme23 that would be true, but the Bulls have nothing but Noah and Rose that are what the Blazers would be looking at for in return, obviously neither is going to be traded!

Azeron
Azeron

@WCoastPro @salvaje50 @SeanHHS Average is worse than mediocre.  At least with mediocre one is guaranteed to draft at the top of the draft for five years and luck into a squad the way the Clippers did.

crdurrett018
crdurrett018

@SeanHHS @salvaje50 

They aren't going to contend in the near future.Lillard would have to take a major step forward and they would have to have couple of hits in the next 2 lotteries before they can be great. If that ever happens.

WCoastPro
WCoastPro

@salvaje50 @SeanHHS Under Nate McMillan they were a good, not great, team. That was 3 years ago.  Then Roy got hurt and they took a step back. Not a terrible organization but terribly cursed. They picked Oden over Durant. Roy was great franchise player and got hurt. 

salvaje50
salvaje50

@SeanHHS @salvaje50 I wouldn't say that their organization is "terrible".  but they haven't been a good team in a long time.