Ford: Blazers Rebuff Offer For Aldridge
ESPN.com insider Chad Ford is reporting that the Trail Blazers
have been one of the "most proactive" teams, along fellow Northwest Division teams the Thunder and Timberwolves, when it comes to acquiring the first pick in Thursday's draft from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland general manager Chris Grant said promptly after the Cavs won the Draft Lottery that the team was "open" to trading the first pick
, so these flirtations should come as no surprise.
And while we don't know what the Trail Blazers might be offering (if anything), Ford and his colleague Marc Stein are reporting the Cavaliers suggested a LaMarcus Aldridge for picks swap
, which was met with the appropriate response ...
What are the Cleveland Cavaliers seeking in exchange for the No. 1 pick? Sources say they reached out to the Portland Trail Blazers in an attempt to land LaMarcus Aldridge for the Nos. 1 and 19 picks. The Blazers quickly rebuffed them.
I realize a skilled negotiator doesn't immediately put his/her best offer on the table, but come on. A two-time All-Star and one of the top players in the league at his position for two picks in a historically poor draft that a good chuck of the league doesn't think will produce even one All-Star
? I'm guessing "quickly" doesn't come close to accurately describing the speed with which that offer was declined.
You can fantasize about acquiring a talent like Aldridge
, but eventually you need to come back to reality if you actually want to make it happen. Heck, at least that fantasy had the Cavaliers offering young players in addition to draft picks.
Ford's report comes on the heels of a league source saying Aldridge is one of the veterans most likely to be traded on or before the draft
, which makes me think maybe other teams are more interesting in acquiring Aldridge than the Blazers are in trading him (Steve Kyler at Hoopsworld seems to agree
). After all, none of these rumors thus far have indicated the Trail Blazers are offering up Aldridge, just that other teams are making inquiries.