Latest On LaMarcus Aldridge

9:48am: Hughes, the Blazers assistant who said the team expected Aldridge to depart, has no knowledge of Portland’s free agent dealings, as The Oregonian’s Jason Quick hears (Twitter link).

8:29am: The Raptors did well in their meeting with Aldridge, but it’s unlikely he picks them, TNT’s David Aldridge tweets.

THURSDAY, 8:22am: Blazers assistant coach Kim Hughes told WTHI-TV of Terre Haute, Indiana, on Tuesday that the team expected Aldridge to leave, as Mike Tokito of The Oregonian transcribes (video link; scroll ahead to 2:05 mark).

“Well, people don’t realize we just went young,” Hughes said. “We didn’t publicize it, but we lost LaMarcus Aldridge. It hasn’t been declared yet, but I’m sure he won’t come back. We will go young.”

5:22pm: The Suns have emerged as contenders along with the Spurs to land Aldridge, Marc Stein of tweets.

3:53pm: The Blazers aren’t to be counted out for Aldridge yet, according to Wojnarowski (Twitter link), who indicated in his last tweet that Aldridge was staying in touch with his incumbent team.

3:44pm: San Antonio impressed Aldridge the most, with the Rockets a close second, Wojnarowski hears (Twitter link).

3:36pm: The Lakers are out of the running for Aldridge, who disliked the basketball portion of the team’s presentation, Bresnahan reports (Twitter link). Aldridge was “floored in a good way” by Houston’s analytics and their on-court projections as he met with them, Bresnahan adds in a second tweet. Aldridge didn’t hear the answers he wanted to hear from Bryant during the Lakers meeting, Bresnahan also hears (Twitter link). Moreover, Aldridge wanted more of a basketball focus to the meeting, Wojnarowski tweets.

3:01pm: The Suns’ deal with Tyson Chandler piqued Aldridge’s interest, as USA Today’s Sam Amick hears. Phoenix wouldn’t have the cap space for both, so it would have to clear salary. Marc Stein of suggests that Portland might have interest in a sign-and-trade of Aldridge involving Eric Bledsoe, given that GM Neil Olshey drafted Bledsoe (Twitter links), though the latest report on Bledsoe indicates that the Suns will not deal him.

2:44pm: Aldridge won’t be re-signing with the Blazers, a source close to his situation tells Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling, identifying the Spurs, Lakers, Mavs and Rockets as front-runners (Twitter link). Still, the Spurs made a “powerful” presentation to Aldridge today and their status as the favorites remains unchanged, according to what Wojnarowski is hearing (Twitter link).

WEDNESDAY, 12:11pm: The Spurs are the front-runners for LaMarcus Aldridge as they meet today, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, and some executives around the league are starting to think that the All-Star will sign with San Antonio, according to Grantland’s Zach Lowe (Twitter link). The Lakers didn’t make a strong impression on Aldridge in their meeting overnight, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link), though Ramona Shelburne of heard that it went “really well,” as we passed along earlier. Kobe Bryant told Ken Berger of that he also believed the meeting went well, but the Lakers star came away without a firm belief of what the notoriously fickle power forward would do (Twitter link). Aldridge was “engaged” but “noncommittal” in the meeting, as Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times hears (Twitter link).

San Antonio is meeting today with the client of Arn Tellem and Thaddeus Foucher, and the general feeling around the league is that the team’s deal with Danny Green and trade agreement that sends out Tiago Splitter and his salary are positives for the team’s pursuit of Aldridge, according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News (on Twitter). The Blazers are apparently unlikely to sign-and-trade Aldridge, so clearing cap room is key.

The Rockets, Suns, Mavericks, Raptors and Knicks are also on Aldridge’s list of meetings, as TNT’s David Aldridge reported. Aldridge’s meeting with Houston has apparently already happened, with the Rockets still seemingly unlikely to reel him in, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link).

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17 thoughts on “Latest On LaMarcus Aldridge

  1. jellybean

    Aldridge – Spurs
    Love – Lakers
    Jordan – Lakers
    Chandler – Clippers
    Pierce – Clippers
    Monroe – Knicks
    Beverly – Knicks
    Lebrick – Heat

    • If heat resign wade and what they just gave thier pg I doubt they can get Lebron unless they have a lot of cap which I don’t know of. I would want DJ and a guy like Harris over love and DJ

    • gammaraze

      Well, so far Love is re-signing with Cleveland, and Chandler is going to the Suns.

    • Kenny

      Joe, while we have you, how do you feel about rumors of you going to Memphis?

  2. Z.....

    I doubt phoenix moves Bledsoe in favor of Knight. I like him, but Bledsoe is clearly the better all around player

  3. Sound like my lakers talk about the city and what not and less about the current team. The front office seem like they get dumber and dumber.mim losing hope the team can improve

  4. Z.....

    I’m sure the lakers mostly focused on LA and the Lakers tradition, and Kobe probably made Aldridge think he’ll be more like a 2nd option

  5. If the lakers don’t get Monroe ,DL or robin Lopez I lost hope in the front office

    • Z.....

      The Lakers had a very good draft, and they brought in Robert Upshaw as an undrafted free agent. You are in way better shape than the Knicks, and I’m sure that Byron Scott will have changed his opinion on 3 point shots next season

      • they brought him in for summer league and maybe training camp. but he needs to prove him self before he earn a roster spot

        • Z.....

          He is a lottery talent. He’ll make the team or they’ll stash him somehow. They won’t let his upside go so easily, especially in a transition year like this. I still expect them to end up with Westbrook when the time comes, even after drafting Russell

  6. Table

    If the rookies blossom, and they get a supporting piece like Robin Lopez, the Lakers will be in a position to sign two stars once Kobe retires.

    Next year they just need show some progress

    • im losing hope of ever signing a star. the front office isnt the smartest. unless we get a player like monore,DJ or robin lopez i dont see hope of getting a star any time soon, they can draft well, but when it comes to free agents we kind of suck

      • Table

        There was never a reason to think they would land a star last offseason or this offseason. If Kobe is gone (as well as his 25 mill salary), and if the rookies develop into starters, then Free agents will come, and Scott will be repalced with a real coach.

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