Jun 01

Amico: Portland Plans To Keep Aldridge, Rebuffs Cleveland's Offer

By DHawes22 Posted in: Blazers, Cavaliers, LaMarcusAldridge
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.


  1. Thank u FO AND God! Tristan Thompson isn't bad but he's not & will never b close to LMA. I didn't like Waiters "game" b4 he was drafted & I'm not a fan of it now; I think that guy won't improve much or @ all. IF the deal was for Tristan & Cle. #1 (in this draft), I STILL say no way; that STILL doesn't = LMA. @ LaMarcus, know that us TRUE fans out here love u/think the world of u! :) + FO's got ur back too ;)

    by Simpson on 6/1/2013 4:46 PM
  2. This draft just isn't the draft to trade for the No. 1 pick

    by DHawes22 on 6/1/2013 7:32 PM
  3. LA for Thompson, #1, 2014 pick and highest pick out of Memphis, Miami or Cleveland pick in 2015. Then yes otherwise not enough return.

    by cmeese47 on 6/1/2013 7:52 PM
  4. Is the No. 1 pick even worth it though? I would stay away from Noel and I'm not sure there's a huge gap between Ben McLemore and players like Shabazz Muhammad, CJ McCollum, or Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who will be available at No. 10.

    by DHawes22 on 6/1/2013 7:57 PM
  5. No one in this current draft is worth L.A.. Nerlens Noel doesnt impress me either. Not to mention that he wont be ready to suit up until March at the earliest. And if he hopes to survive he had better add 45 lbs to his frame. I think he has a long road ahead of him in regards to his recovery. First healing, the rehab and toughest of all is getting into game shape. This is the first draft in a while where ive heard so many people trying to trade out of their first round picks.

    by commontongue on 6/2/2013 10:50 AM
  6. The question is not what the #1 pick is worth it is what can we package it for. For someone looking to be in Wiggins Parker sweepstakes then Noel is a great pick.

    by cmeese47 on 6/2/2013 5:40 PM
  7. Mike Brown probably really wanted LaMarcus with Irving in Cleveland. This was never going to happen but Cleveland gets credit for trying!

    by riverman on 6/2/2013 7:57 PM
  8. Watch the Cavs go after JJ next, reunite him with Brown

    by riverman on 6/2/2013 7:58 PM
  9. They could just sign him outright. I don't see Portland signing JJ unless they want to sign and trade him with some picks or something. I'm hoping sign and trade JJ and atleast 2 second rounders for Asik if Houston pursues D12.

    by RipCity 14 on 6/3/2013 1:18 AM
  10. The ONLY way I would trade LA is if we got another rising super star in return. The Cavs can send their #1 pick elsewhere as part of a three team deal that lands the Blazers with Harden or Iguodala. That's it. The Blazers are not that far away from being a contender and shouldn't look at this draft as the opportunity to start all over again. Give me a really sweet deal or nothing at all.

    by Collin Macfergus on 6/6/2013 6:42 PM
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