Portland Trail Blazers Should Plan On Keeping LaMarcus Aldridge

By John Raffel
Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

It’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility that LaMarcus Aldridge might be playing somewhere else than with the Portland Trail Blazers next NBA season. But it’s also possible the Trail Blazers won’t get what they’re asking for and Aldridge will return to Portland next season.

If that’s the case, the Blazers have Aldridge and Damion Lillard, the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, to build around, and those aren’t two bad building blocks.

Aldridge would have to come at a steep price tag if the Blazers would ever decide to ship him off somewhere. He averaged 21.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game lat season. He averaged 37.7 minutes a game and shot 48.4 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the free-throw line.

Aldridge showed in his final game, a loss to the Golden State Warriors, what a terrific performer he is and will continue to be. In 31 minutes of action, he was 12-of-23 from the floor and 6-of-6 at the free-throw line for 30 points, 21 rebounds and three blocks.

The Trail Blazers will have to compensate for any damage that’s been done to Aldridge for the trade rumors, unless, of course, those rumors turn out to be true. They need him to be at 100 percent to give them a chance to make the playoffs next year. If they can add a few more gifted players in the offseason, the Blazers and Aldridge should enjoy a memorable season. They are definitely hoping to go from a 33-49 record to being in playoff contention this upcoming season and ditch all memories of their season-ending 13-game losing streak.

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