Haynes: Aldridge Wants Improvement Or A Trade
Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com has a post up this morning about the situation regarding LaMarcus Aldridge
and his future with the Trail Blazers. According to Haynes, it sounds like Aldridge wants to be traded if the Trail Blazers don't make dramatic improvements.
Does Aldridge want out of Portland? Yes and no, a source close to the 6-10 forward informed CSNNW.com.
If Portland doesn't have plans to drastically improve its roster in time for the 2013-14 NBA season, Aldridge would prefer to be moved, and his first choice would be Chicago, the source said.
Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey and Aldridge's representatives met in Chicago last month during NBA Pre-Draft Combine to discuss the possibilities of moving the power forward, CSNNW.com learned.
The source also said Aldridge wouldn't mind being dealt to
the Dallas Mavericks to play in his hometown with the rising belief
Dallas has a shot at Dwight Howard. Or to the Los Angeles Clippers, if a
scenario such as that makes sense for the Clippers.
In all honesty, this seems like a very reasonable request on Aldridge's part (I'm never a fan of players stipulating which teams they'd like to be traded to, as it makes it harder to get fair value back in return, but that's a minor quibble in this case) and nothing that is all that controversial. There's a huge difference between "I want to be traded" and "I want to be traded if the team doesn't improve." I'd never fault a guy for wanting to play for a winner, especially if they're amiable to staying with the team they're currently with and when they've performed at the level Aldridge has consistently throughout his career.
I would liken Aldridge's reported stance to that of a season ticket holder. Now, there are some people who will buy season tickets regardless of the team's performance. Sure, they'd rather seen more wins than losses, but there's some connection that keeps them coming back year after year, even when times are hard. There's a connection there that runs deeper than the product on the court.
And then there are season ticket holders whose decision to renew has more to do with wins and losses. If they can see better days on the horizon, they renew. If they think the product is poor and has little chance of improving, they'll choose to spend their entertainment dollars elsewhere.
Now, would I prefer if people just showed up at the Rose Garden for every game regardless of the team's performance? Sure, but I certainly don't fault people for tying their decision to performance. One is not more of a "fan" than the other. Unyielding devotion is nice, but it's a lot to ask of someone, be they a fan or all-star power forward.
(Hat tip to Ben at Blazersedge)