The Portland Trail Blazers have been the center of some pretty interesting rumors over the past several months. It has been widely believed by many that star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge wants out, but no moves have been made.
There were even some that said he had preferred a trade to the Chicago Bulls, which was the top trade rumor that was reportedly discussed on several occasions. But, for now, it appears as though Aldridge is staying put.
In a recent press conference, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey addressed the issue and had some pretty strong feelings on the entire situation. The most interesting point he made was that Aldridge is happy to be with Portland and is excited to be there. He went on, though, to talk about the validity of all the rumors.
“I think it comes from all you [media] — everybody fighting to be first with inaccurate information. I can tell you, LaMarcus Aldridge, you guys have known him longer than I have. And if he had asked to be traded, he would have told people that he asked to be traded. He never asked to be traded.”
In a couple of the rumors, the Blazers had reportedly wanted center Joakim Noah and swingman Jimmy Butler back in a deal, which the Bulls quickly shot down according to the reports. It is unlikely that the Bulls would give up both assets in a trade, if not refusing to give up either at all.
I tend to disagree with Olshey on the matter. I wouldn’t doubt that Aldridge wants out. He’s been as consistent of a big man in the NBA as they come, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he wanted out in hopes of pursuing a title. Olshey is saying all of the typical ‘GM stuff’ just to make sure all seems right within the organization.
I would bet Aldridge is not truly happy in Portland, and it’s only a matter of time before he gets his wish.