Bucher: Aldridge One Of Three Vets Who Could To Be Traded Before Or On Draft Night
Last night, Ric Bucher of NBC/Comcast/95.7 The Game in San Fransisco and formerly of ESPN, passed along an interesting rumor
regarding, amongst other people, Trail Blazers two-time all-star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge ...
League source: three veterans who are candidates to be in deals leading up to, or during NBA draft are the Bulls' Luol Deng, Pacers' Danny Granger and Blazers' Lamarcus Aldridge. The Cavs apparently have interest in Deng and he certainly would be a terrific role model and leader-by-example for a young squad; the Cavs also have a gaping hole at that position and if they have interest in vying for a playoff spot next season, a rookie out of this draft isn't going to move them appreciably closer. That said, there is skepticism that the Cavs are actually serious about parting with the No. 1 pick because they keep asking for assets as if it were the first pick in next year's draft.
Bucher doesn't make any other mention of Aldridge in his Sulia post (which apparently still exists), so as far as trade rumors go, this one is pretty lean. After all, Bucher's source didn't say any of these players will be traded, just that they are candidates to be traded. And Donald Trump was also a candidate to be President of the United States.
But with mention of the Cavs having interest in Deng, you have to wonder if the implication is that the Cavs, whose reported "fantasy" of acquiring Aldridge
has surfaced in rumors numerous times this offseason, are also still interested in Aldridge. Case in point: Bill Simmons' fake trade idea that would send Aldridge to Cleveland for Tristan Thompson and the No. 1 pick
in the upcoming draft.
Despite having never saying anything
, at least publicly, about a desire to leave Portland when his contract expires in two years, there seems to be a persistent assumption
that Aldridge will bolt for free agency when given the opportunity (former Trail Blazers coach Kaleb Canales, who is very close to Aldridge, taking an assistant coaching position with the Mavericks
, who happen to play in Aldridge's home town, has only added to that speculation). So perhaps Aldridge's name just gets tossed in as a one of the veterans most likely to be traded simply because other teams assume Portland will want to avoid a situation similar to the Howard/Magic "Dwightmare." Or maybe it's because he's actually available.