LaMarcus Aldridge will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but has already said he wants to be “the best Blazer ever,” and plans to re-up with a five-year contract just as soon as he is able.
The Blazers are winning, have an amazing young point guard in Damian Lillard, and can offer Aldridge one more year and many more millions on a max deal than any other team.
But if it’s such a certainty that Aldridge will re-sign with the Blazers, then why all the chatter about the Spurs being a realistic option?
From Zach Lowe of Grantland:
This could be random, but nearly a half-dozen executives from different teams mentioned the possibility of the Spurs luring LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency with a max contract.
Let me be clear, my beloved Portland maniacs: I do not see this happening. Repeat: I do not see this happening. …
San Antonio waited on a Kawhi Leonard extension precisely to hoard max cap space this summer in case both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili retire. Dallas could have max-level space, though it’d have to renounce several very good free agents to get it. Houston would need to cut some salary, but it also has the goods to put together a solid sign-and-trade offer if Aldridge makes it known he’d prefer to go there.
This is probably much ado about very little.
These comments were gleaned from the D-League Showcase in Santa Cruz, CA, where reporters go this time of year for precisely this kind of information.
Again, it doesn’t seem at all likely that Aldridge would leave such a great situation in Portland. But the fact that multiple executives from different teams mentioned it as a possibility will, at the very least, raise a few eyebrows.