The LaMarcus Aldridge chatter is only getting louder and louder, and there’s a growing belief within the Portland Trail Blazers that their star power forward is going to bolt in free agency, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. This report comes on the heels of the Blazers dealing away Nicolas Batum for Gerald Henderson and Noah Vonleh.
The San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks have been the two teams viewed as the top contenders for Aldridge, but Stein said the Los Angeles Lakers have emerged as a legitimate option that may have jumped ahead of Dallas in the pecking order. The Lakers are also working to get DeMarcus Cousins to Los Angeles, but there’s some skepticism a deal will be reached with the Sacramento Kings.
The Spurs are considered the front-runner for Aldridge, but there would have to be some serious cap maneuvering for that to happen. There are still decisions to be made by Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and there may have to be some salary dumping (Tiago Splitter?) in order to have the requisite cap space to sign Aldridge.
Other teams mentioned as possible destinations for Aldridge are the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks.