This has been a crazy week for Portland Trailblazers power forward, LaMarcus Ladridge. The skilled big man has been tossed into trade rumors, such as a proposed deal between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Trail Blazers that would have sent Aldridge to Clevelend in lieu of the 1st and 19th picks in the first round of Thursday’s draft. A deal that the Trail Blazers shot down.
The next rumor to hit the sports blogosphere was that Aldridge was demanding a trade. It was said that LaMarcus wanted out of Portland, and even went as far as to name the Chicago Bulls as a preferred destination.
Aldridge emailed The Oregonian on Saturday and, for the first time, addressed these rumors. Aldridge shot down rumors that he has demanded a trade by saying.
“I haven’t demanded a trade, Said Aldridge in the email. “I’m looking forward to who we sign in free agency to make us better,”
The thing I’ve learned with NBA players, or even athletes in general, is that we might not ever know exactly where they stand on things such as trades, free agency, or the current city and or team they play for. It appears as if Aldridge is all-in with the Trail Blazers as of right now, and we should simply take him at his word, until it proves to be no good.
Portland had the pleasant surprise that was Damian Lillard last season, and they’ll need both Lillard and Aldridge steering the ship if they hope to make a playoff appearance next season.