A team that has LaMarcus Aldridge on its roster wouldn’t seem to need four picks in the 2013 NBA Draft. That’s why some NBA observers are expecting the Portland Trail Blazers to deal away one or two of their second round picks in Thursday’s draft.
But a lot depends on what Portland eventually decides to do with Aldridge, the target of trade rumors during the offseason. Those trade rumors have died off, and the assumption now is that Aldridge will be leading the way for Portland next season.
Aldridge’s first game of the past season shows that he was as good as most players in the NBA. For the season, he averaged 22.1 points, 9.1 boards and 2.6 assists a game. It was one of the better seasons of his seven-year career.
The last game came against playoff qualifier Golden State Warriors. Aldridge put in 32 minutes and was 12-of-23 from the floor for 30 points. He was 6-of-6 in free throws. He also had an astounding 21 rebounds and three blocks.
If Portland plans to keep Aldridge, they should dump the draft choices to another team and ask for draft picks in 2015 and 2016 in return. If they are thinking of trading him, then they probably need four draft picks. It’s up to the Trail Blazers.
The problem with the Blazers right now is they can’t decide if they’re rebuilding or reloading. They might think they’re doing both which is why the franchise doesn’t seem to know in which direction it’s headed. It’s also why they ended the 2012-13 regular season with 13 straight losses.