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Northwest Notes: Blazers, Aldridge, Thunder

LaMarcus Aldridge's reps reportedly met with Blazers brass earlier this summer to discuss trade possibilities as the big man was unhappy with the direction of the franchise.  However, Aldridge made it known this week that he never asked out of Portland.  Here's the latest out on Aldridge and other notes out of the Northwest Division..

  • Even though LaMarcus Aldridge says that he didn't demand to be traded from the Blazers, he did converse with GM Neil Olshey about the direction of the club, tweets Marc J. Spears of Yahoo.  "I did the whole rebuilding thing. I want to win. I told him let's get better this summer. I think (Olshey's) done that," said the All-Star.
  • When asked if he feels like he's wasting the prime of his career with the Blazers, Aldridge said he doesn't and says that he still has "a lot" of years left in his prime (link).  The big man added that the Blazers have a chance to make the playoffs, but they'll have to work hard for it (link).  Hoops Rumors readers are split 50/50 on whether that's a reality for Portland.
  • DeAndre Liggins was already going to have to fight to make the Thunder roster and his arrest only hurts his chances, notes Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman (on Twitter).  Liggins is on a non-guaranteed minimum salary.  

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