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.
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.
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.