One of the most intriguing trade rumors over the past month and a half or so has been that of Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge heading to a new team. Plenty of reports have had Aldridge preferring to be moved soon, and the Chicago Bulls were at the top of his list.
The trade talk had seemed to die down for a bit, but as recent as Thursday it was reported by NBC Sports that there are still talks going on and Aldridge is still expressing his desire to be traded.
According to the report, Aldridge and his camp have been busy suggesting trade scenarios to the front office in Portland, but so far there’s been nothing to catch the eye of potential trade partners.
Portland had made an offer to the Bulls that included both Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler earlier this year, in which the Bulls immediately rejected. They have made similar offers to other teams, targeting key players from other rosters, and each potential suitor has similarly rejected the trades.
The Blazers know that their big man wants out, so why not get a deal done quick and not lose him in the future for nothing?
The Bulls would make sense as a potential landing spot. Aldridge wants to play with superstar Derrick Rose and would fit in real well. The Bulls could likely offer a combination of Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng or Taj Gibson in return which most assume they would be just fine with.
For Chicago, they would launch themselves immediately into conversation for a title. With a post featuring the likes of Aldridge and Noah, the front court would be virtually unstoppable. Combine that with one of the top-5 players in the NBA in Rose, and you’ve got yourself a championship caliber team.