It shouldn't come as a coincidence that as soon as the calendar changed over to June, the trade chatter heightened and today Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico added an interesting piece to the LaMarcus Aldridge for the No. 1 overall pick puzzle. This particular trade rumor started over a month ago, April 24th to be exact, when Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski
reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers have had internal discussions about adding LaMarcus Aldridge to their core in hopes of getting back into the ranks of the league's elite.
Privately, the Cleveland front office has pitched a fantasy of trading young players and picks to Portland for All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, sources said. Only, that's never going to happen. Cleveland is far higher on its two top-five picks, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters, than the rest of the NBA.
Love him or hate him, but when ESPN's Bill Simmons talks, or in this case tweets, people listen. And that's exactly what happened a day after the NBA Draft Lottery on May 22nd. The Cavaliers had struck gold twice in three years by landing the top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and Simmons threw out a fake proposal
similar to that of Wojnarowski's report a month earlier.
And now it has come circle as Amico reports
today that the Trail Blazers not only don't have any interest in the Cavaliers' assets but that they have turned Cleveland away repeatedly.
FOX Sports Ohio sources also seconded reports that the Cavs have made a couple of inquiries about Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers, however, have repeatedly turned the Cavs away. A Portland source said the team has no interest in Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters or draft picks, and plans to keep Aldridge.
As we all know, if a rumored deal gets picked up by the public, it either had no legs to begin with or died a few days beforehand Now, there are always exceptions to the rule (Houston adding Tracy McGrady in exchange for Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley comes to mind), but the majority of deals come out of left field. So while it's fun to speculate, analyze, and debate about the latest rumor, proceed with caution as that deal likely had no chance to even get off the ground.