It appears that LaMarcus Aldridge no longer wants to play for the Portland Trailblazers. The 28-year-old Dallas native is unhappy with the direction of his current team, and may demand a trade if the situation doesn’t improve.
Aldridge played high school basketball for Seagoville High School in Dallas, and played collegiately at the University of Texas. While this implies that he has a strong connection to the area and the state, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he wants to play for the Dallas Mavericks.
It can’t be known for sure whether these teams are the ones he would truly desire, or if his agent is name-dropping them for leverage, as seems to be the case frequently with the Mavericks. Interestingly, all three of the listed teams already have a dominant power forward on their roster, which implies that Aldridge would be willing to consider a switch over to center as his primary position.
In the past, Aldridge has been compared to Dirk Nowitzki because of his ability to hit an outside shot. However, he plays much closer to the basket, and could better be described as a smaller Tim Duncan or Pau Gasol, both players who have played a great deal of center in their careers.
The Mavericks have been searching for a starting center and an All-Star caliber player to take over the reigns of the team when Dirk retires. They had originally targeted Dwight Howard, but he decided to sign with the Houston Rockets instead. Currently, the Mavericks have Samuel Dalembert as their starting center.
It’s very early for this talk to be surfacing, so expect it to intensify during the season, especially if the Trailblazers disappoint. It has been a common practice in recent years for unhappy players to force their way into a trade, like Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul did. The Mavericks will almost certainly be at the center of nearly every trade rumor, so take them all with a grain of salt. This one just makes a little too much sense not to salivate over.