Every year, there are NBA teams that just can’t get over the hump, despite having a ton of talent and championship-caliber players. The Portland Trail Blazers fit the aforementioned description to a tee and it’s rather disappointing to see them slump each and every season.
Missing the NBA playoffs is pretty hard to do, but Portland hasn’t made it to the postseason in three years. Surely, Damian Lillard hauling in Rookie of the Year honors in 2012-13 was exciting, but the news of LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly being on the trade block is downright disheartening.
Name another power forward in the NBA who has produced like the Trail Blazers’ big man has — Portland has seen Aldridge average over 20 points and eight rebounds each of the last three seasons. Trade this guy and the Trail Blazers will be putting Lillard and the rest of the squad completely behind the eight ball. Besides, it’s not like Alridge is making a king’s ransom either as No. 12 is owed $14.1 million in 2013-14 and $15.2 million in 2014-15.
You get what you pay for and in terms of Aldridge, the attached price tag is a bargain.
Anyway, what do the Blazers need so bad that they want to trade Aldridge? Rumors have the Washington Wizards being possible suitors as they hold the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Giving away a proven guy like Portland’s big man for a top-three pick in a weak draft is borderline insane.