LaMarcus Aldridge will be hitting the market as a free agent on Tuesday night. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets are favored the first opportunities to meet Aldridge as soon as he starts free agency, sources close to the league told ESPN.
Aldridge will also meet San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, and with the New York Knicks on Thursday to set up his future destiny. Aldridge staying back at Portland Trail Blazers is very unlikely, according to a source. Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has already called Aldridge to finalize a meeting. The Knicks will try to persuade Aldridge by emphasizing on the point that in Eastern Conference, the path to become a All-star and a playoff side is less hurdled.
Aldridge averaged 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks for the Blazers last season. He also averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds in the last 5 seasons.
Aldridge hails from Texas, and can return to his home state as both Spurs and Mavericks have shown ample interest in him since May and are hopeful of luring the star with their respective offers next month.
But rumors are growing louder that Aldridge is keen on taking a free agent jump to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers too, according to sources, will go all-out to rope in Aldridge.
Spurs All-star Tim Duncan will be a part of the franchise contingent when they meet the ex-Trail Blazers star on Wednesday.