Deveney: Blazers Had 'Zero Interest' In Cavs Offer
Just one more reiteration, this time from Sean Deveney at The Sporting News
, that it was the Cavaliers who were interested in initiating trade talks for LaMarcus Aldridge, not the other way around.
Essentially, if there is an All-Star player who has expressed the least bit of dissatisfaction in his current situation, the Cavs have at least made an offer. Cleveland did inquire about the possibility of working a deal with Portland for LaMarcus Aldridge, who has been waiting out the Blazers’ rebuilding. The Blazers, though, had zero interest—they intend to bolster the roster this summer with a big man (Nikola Pekovic and Marcin Gortat are among the targets) in an attempt to build a playoff team.
The more I hear about supposed offers for Aldridge (not to mention this report that the Cavs are swinging for any player who might have the slightest desire to play somewhere else) the more I think it's little more than wishful thinking on the part of teams desperate to improve their rosters. I'm not saying that a trade couldn't happen, but I don't think (and this is just a gut feeling) the Trail Blazers are nearly as interested as you might assume after reading a couple of these rumors.
And for what it's worth, an Illinois-based journalist writing that the Aldridge wants to leave Portland for Chicago
doesn't at all change that opinion. In fact, it only strengthens it.