Author: Brett Pollakoff

Memphis Grizzlies v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

Portland house LaMarcus Aldridge is living in goes up for sale


LaMarcus Aldridge is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and will reportedly consider his options in leaving Portland to choose to play somewhere else.

A potential indicator has emerged as to which way Aldridge may be leaning, but a closer look shows that it’s much ado about nothing.

From Peter Socotch of CSNNW:

The report that LaMarcus Aldridge is selling his house in West Linn is not true because LaMarcus Aldridge doesn’t own a house in West Linn. He was renting a house from former Portland Trail Blazers point guard and current Arizona Wildcats assistant coach Damon Stoudamire.

That house IS up for sale.

Aldridge has since vacated the property as Stoudamire prepares to sell the $1.375 million home that was built in 1999.

Aldridge sold his south waterfront condominium last year, too, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything, either.

There’s a very real possibility that Aldridge leaves the Blazers this summer. But the fact that the house he’s renting happens to be up for sale is not at all indicative of what may happen when the July 1 free agency period begins.

Rumor: Timberwolves may consider drafting D’Angelo Russell with No. 1 pick, ‘might be willing to move Ricky Rubio’ for the right deal

Flip Saunders

Karl-Anthony Towns is projected to be the player most worthy of being the No. 1 overall pick in this summer’s NBA Draft, but the Timberwolves are in possession of that pick, and head coach and team president Flip Saunders is reportedly a bigger fan of Jahlil Okafor at this stage of the evaluation process.

That could change, considering the fact that plenty on his staff may favor Towns.

But what’s more interesting is the idea that Minnesota could shock everyone by choosing neither Towns nor Okafor with the top pick, while going in a completely different direction.

From Chad Ford of (via HoopsHype):

Karl-Anthony Towns is the No. 1-ranked player on my Big Board. However, virtually all the signals from sources inside the Wolves point to Jahlil Okafor being Flip Saunders’ favorite right now.

That obviously can change as we get closer to the draft. Workouts and interviews and lobbying from staff (I hear most of the rest of the staff favors Towns) could push Towns back atop.

And do not totally discount D’Angelo Russell here either. I am told Saunders is also a big fan and might be willing to move Ricky Rubio for the right deal.

The part about Rubio is likely separate, but would potentially need to be considered if Russell is indeed drafted, and believed to be the team’s point guard of the future.

Plenty of misinformation will be distributed as we get closer to the draft, and the availability of any real facts we can use to try to concretely discern which way a particular team is leaning will be sparse. This particular tidbit seems to be at least mildly far-fetched, but strange things happen on draft night, and the Timberwolves going against the grain with their choice for the top selection is certainly within the realm of possibility.

Report: Tom Thibodeau resisted use of wearable technology that would have monitored recovery of Bulls players

Tom Thibodeau

When the Bulls formally announced the firing of head coach Tom Thibodeau, the organization left little doubt as to its motives for making the change.

“While the head of each department of the organization must be free to make final decisions regarding his department, there must be free and open interdepartmental discussion and consideration of everyone’s ideas and opinions,” Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. “These internal discussions must not be considered an invasion of turf, and must remain private. Teams that consistently perform at the highest levels are able to come together and be unified across the organization-staff, players, coaches, management and ownership. When everyone is on the same page, trust develops and teams can grow and succeed together. Unfortunately, there has been a departure from this culture.”

In addition to being unwilling to include management in the decision-making process, Thibodeau famously played his players an insane amount of minutes, even when logic seemed to dictate otherwise.

A recent report, from Ken Berger of, seems to hammer these points home.

At a presentation on wearable technology organized by coaching agent Warren Legarie last year in Chicago, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau raised his hand. Everyone in the audience knew where this was going.

Thibodeau, fired last week by the Bulls and replaced by Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg, had resisted overtures from Bulls management to employ wearable technology to monitor players’ recovery, league sources said.

“He was basically challenging it, like, ‘Michael Jordan didn’t need that,’” Kopp said. “Fair point, but one of the most amazing athletes in the entire world, I would argue, would’ve benefited, too. There’s a reason why they call it old school, because it’s been replaced by new thinking.”

It’s one thing to be resistant to changing your rotations based on input from management, but it’s quite another to be defensive of your position to the point where you won’t even allow additional information to be collected so that it may become part of the discussion.

Thibodeau may have been hurt by the front office’s public take on how things went down. But if situations like these were becoming the norm in Chicago, the parting of ways was likely for the best.