Report: LaMarcus Aldridge called Damian Lillard about facilitating trade back to Trail Blazers last year

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After leaving Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers on bad terms, LaMarcus Aldridge has repaired relations.

Maybe to a greater degree than we realized.

Aldridge didn’t just request a trade from the Spurs last year, he apparently had a team in mind.

Ken Berger of Bleacher Report:

Last season, a deep rift developed between the team and All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, to the point where Aldridge called former teammate Damian Lillard and asked him to approach general manager Neil Olshey about bringing Aldridge back to Portland, a person familiar with the conversation told B/R.

Throughout the Kawhi Leonard saga, we’ve pointed to Aldridge as proof Gregg Popovich can work through problems with star players. And I still think there’s truth to that.

But maybe Aldridge is the one who is especially adept at salvaging once-broken relationships. He and the Trail Blazers made a harsh split. For him to return to Portland would have been astounding.