Blazers Rumors: LaMarcus Aldridge Expected To Leave As Free Agent
All-star forward LaMarcus Aldridge isn’t going to re-sign for the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN. The Trail Blazers’ forward is eying to hit the market as a free agent. Wednesday’s trade of Nicolas Batum is quite an indication of Portland’s growing disbelief about retaining Aldridge.
“He’s gone,” a source close to Aldridge disclosed. “There’s a 99.9 percent chance that he’s out of Portland.”
Since entering NBA circuit in 2006, Aldridge has featured for the Trail Blazers. According to sources, who listed several reasons behind Aldridge’s decision to quit Portland, the prime one being the All-Star forward being convinced that the franchise is incapable of luring top free agents of the league to improve their roster. He feels under-appreciated and is simply looking for change.
Several teams are keen to sign Aldridge. The San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, and Atlanta Hawks are among the sides Aldridge is considering to strike a new deal with, sources clarified. The Los Angeles Lakers are more eager to rope in the ex-Portland forward, though the Spurs continue to be Aldridge’s most likely destination.
“He has tons of respect for coach [Gregg] Popovich,” a source said. “And he thinks highly of their organization and front office.”
The Spurs must place a lucrative offer to pick Aldridge beginning at $18.8 million; the franchise also has a task of retaining stars like Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.