Jun 24

Bucher: Aldridge One Of Three Vets Who Could To Be Traded Before Or On Draft Night

By caseyholdahl

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.


  1. Great post regarding Trump. The Blazers would be crazy to trade Aldridge, but given their history, Aldridge does have good knees and Noels is destined to be the next Greg Oden(although at least Oden completed a year of college). For Noel to be drafted first is absurd and shows how weak this draft is.

    by DJORGANIC on 6/24/2013 10:48 AM
  2. "And Donald Trump was also a candidate to be President of the United States." Boom.

    by sarahhecht on 6/24/2013 10:58 AM
  3. How about trading Batum for DeMarcus Cousins, drafting Caldwell-Pope, and signing a wing/small forward. Not sure if the trade works, but too tired to look that up.

    by pdxpar5 on 6/24/2013 8:51 PM
  4. I wouldn't take the Top 3 Picks in this Draft in exchange for LaMarcus Aldridge. Not saying that this draft isn't going to produce quality players, I am saying we have a consistent All-Star Caliber player who still hasn't hit his Peak, why trade that for Potential. Ludicrous! Seeing LA leave Portland is the last thing I want to ever see!

    by nrcamp87 on 6/24/2013 9:51 PM
  5. Yeah lets give up our back to back allstar for a gamble in this weak draft (sarcasm). We just need to get our bench up to par. Get some solid rotational players that fit our team and we'll be playoff bound for sure. Then LaMarcus will stay.

    by Last Shot Scott on 6/24/2013 10:34 PM
  6. I don't see the problem with dangling LA out there and seeing what surfaces. Could be they are able to secure a really good off guard for Dame to work with, replace LA with Splitter or some similar serviceable big, then use whatever they save in signing a cheaper big, and get some bigger name player. If they work it right they could have Dame, Batum, (Insert Free Agent 2 guard or PF) Splitter/Gortat ect. and the kick butt draft pick or some veteran presence. Could be a big swing in a totally new direction. It must be very temping if you're of a GM who want's to build a team to call his own, to make this kind of power move. Make or break stuff. Very cool :) I sure hope it gets interesting at the very least. Go Blazers!

    by Clark Hagler on 6/24/2013 11:09 PM
  7. LA for a draft pick is not a good idea. LA for a big time center is intriguing. Resign Hickson who has almost all the offensive capability and double the defensive and rebounding skills. A monster at center, Hickson, Batum, Matthews and Lillard sounds like a step in the right direction. I would hate to lose LA but we need to add defense and I think we would be better suited with a "Power" forward than a "Finesse" forward.

    by davsykes on 6/25/2013 8:59 AM
  8. Clark, that's a decent plan to get Andrew Wiggins in 2014, but not a great plan to get wins during the 2013-14 NBA season.

    by caseyholdahl on 6/25/2013 10:16 AM
  9. Sacrilege... POR has been building the team around Aldridge's option and desire to be a scoring PF. To simply replace LA with a Monster Center isn't going to fix anything. You replace LA, your back to laying foundation. The entire roster and gameplan changes.

    by nrcamp87 on 6/25/2013 12:30 PM
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