LaMarcus Aldridge: 9 years in Portland will ‘have more weight than anything else’ on his free agent decision


Will LaMarcus Aldridge stay in Portland?

It’s likely that no one knows the answer to that question at this point, not even Aldridge himself.

But for Blazers fans looking for clues as to how next season’s roster might shake out, it seems as though Aldridge sincerely values his time in Portland, and that will weigh heavily on his decision whether or not to potentially play somewhere else.

From Erik Gundersen of

Q: What’s important for you when you decide?

LA: Yeah. Last night was tough. I wanted to win, blah blah blah. Um yeah. I mean you know i’m not going to get into the details of it. I’m just going to go home, relax, talk to my family and my agent and just go from there

Of course I love being here. I’m thankful for everything this city has give me. I’m thankful for my nine years my time here. It’s been an amazing nine years, of course I wouldn’t want to end. But when the time comes I will sit down with my agent and Neil and Paul and we’ll just figure it out.

Q: Does this team have the benefit though?

LA: As I said we will sit down and figure it out. I’m not going to get into all of the percentages or anything like that. I’ve always been here. I’ve had a great nine years here. That’s always going to have more weight than anything else.

If you think Aldridge’s time in Portland has been a positive, then that could mean he’ll consider re-signing. The problem is, if a team like the Spurs comes along — and Aldridge is interested in a change of scenery — it may be a situation that’s too good to pass up.