According to Jorge Sierra from HoopsHype, Nicolas Batum believes that LaMarcus Aldridge wants to remain with the Portland Trail Blazers.
“I heard that too and I laughed when I read that,” Batum said of speculation involving Aldridge this offseason. “He doesn’t want to get traded, he wants the team to get better. LaMarcus is a winner.
“I know that’s what he wants. We had two bad seasons and missed the playoffs and wants the team to improve. I think he didn’t ask for a trade. He wants to stay and win with the Blazers. He just wants a better team around him so we can get back to the playoffs.”
LaMarcus Aldridge would certainly receive a lot of interest from teams looking for an All-Star player. Aldridge is widely considered one of the leagues best power forwards, and is the franchise player for the Blazers.
The Blazers have gotten help for Aldridge, which could be why he wants to stay put. Damian Lillard, former Rookie of the Year, has swiftly emerged as one of the leagues top point guards. If Portland manages to acquire more talent to team with Lillard and Aldridge, the Blazers could definitely be a powerful team in the West.