There were plenty of reasons for Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge to be frustrated last season. He had just recorded his second All-Star appearance, but it was basically useless considering the team was unable to accomplish much around him. Aldridge is hoping that frustration will stay in the past and the team will be able to clinch a playoff berth in 2013-14.
“I wasn’t ready to make a move yet,” Aldridge said, according to Yahoo! Sports. “I was just frustrated in the moment. I haven’t given Neil (Olshey) a chance yet.”
Aldridge was referring to the rumors that he wanted a trade in the offseason. Even though there were times he did not see eye-to-eye with team officials, he is not ready to give up on what the organization believes in. The reason he does not want to get traded is because of the moves the Trail Blazers made this summer. There is no question Portland has vastly upgraded the bench. Not to mention, point guard Damian Lillard is looking to build off his dominating performance from last season.
Aldridge is a top-20 player in the NBA who will be surrounded by a sufficient amount of talent this year that could be enough to make the postseason a reality. Do not be surprised to see the Trail Blazers finish the season as the sixth or seventh seed in the Western Conference. Also, do not be surprised if Aldridge and Lillard make some serious noise in the playoffs.
Aldridge averaged 21.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game in 2012-13.