Portland, OR - According to Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune, Portland Trail Blazers star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge is interested in working on a long-term contract. There were tons of reports this past offseason that Aldridge had demanded a trade and wanted to leave the city of Portland, but this news will likely put those rumors to rest. Portland currently holds a 28-9 record, which ranks third in the NBA.
Aldridge has played in 37 games this season with the Trail Blazers, averaging 23.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game. Those numbers show that not only is Aldridge an NBA star, he is a legitimate candidate for the MVP award. Assuming the Blazers are able to continue their winning ways and make the playoffs as one of the top teams in the NBA, he might very well receive some love in the MVP voting.
The good news is that Aldridge is making it clear that he wants to re-sign in Portland, and there is no question that the Trail Blazers will contact him in the near future about an extension. It will be very interesting to see how these talks end up going. There’s no question that he will command a max contract, and the Blazers likely won’t hesitate to give him that kind money.
“When the appropriate time comes, which is not now, that is a conversation that will happen between (owner) Paul Allen, myself, LaMarcus, and his agent (Arn Tellem). It’s not a conversation that’s going to play out in the media in January.” - Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey
Needless to say, the two sides realize that they will get something done and it is just a matter of time. There is no way that the Blazers would consider allowing their franchise player to walk, especially when they already have a start point guard to go along with him in Damian Lillard. Aldridge won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, and you can expect to see a new deal within the next two or three months.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.