With all eyes on the NBA Draft this week, the Portland Trail Blazers had other matters on their mind, as their main focus at the moment is signing LaMarcus Aldridge on a maximum contract extension, according to ESPN.
Aldridge is currently the Trail Blazers captain and has served the club for eight years, as now the Portland franchise are hoping the power forward signs on for another five years with a possible extension of $108 million.
At the end of last season, Portland's general manager Neil Olshey spoke to ESPN and stated that there is nothing more important at the Trail Blazers than LaMarcus Aldridge.
"The most important thing is everybody, including LaMarcus, knows he's the number one priority in the organization right now."
The Texan born forward is in his final season of his five year contract at the Trail Blazers as next summer the power forward will become a free agent.
In the regular season last year the 28-year-old played 69 games for the Western Conference side going on to average 23.2 points a game, his career best since turning professional in 2006.
As the three previous seasons saw Aldridge average 21 points a game, as throughout the eight years as an NBA player the power forward has shown great progress in his career.
Portland's head coach Terry Stotts didn't have a pick in the draft this season but he has a number of youngsters already sitting in the franchise, as Aldridge is one of the seniors who would look to give advice to the upcoming prospects, such as Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson, another reason why Olshey is clinging onto the power forward.
Last season the Portland franchise had a solid regular season, they picked four players from the draft with only one making appearances for the Trail Blazers, as C.J. McCollum appeared 38 times for Stotts' men and averaged 5.3 points a game.
Aldridge was once again their captain and Portland went on to finish second in the Northwest Division behind Oklahoma City Thunder, and fifth in the Western Conference making the play-offs having won 54 games and lost 28.
In the play-offs the Trail Blazers went on to beat the Houston Rockets in the first round before being knocked out by the future NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs, losing the series 4-1.
Aldridge managed to play all 11 games in the play-offs averaging 40.1 minutes and 26.2 points a game, as the series against the Rockets saw the 28-year-old manage his best points scoring averages of the season, hitting 29.8 points a game in their 4-2 victory.
But the final decision is down to Aldridge. Does he want to stay on for one more year at Portland then move on to a new city, or dedicate another five years of his career with Stotts' team and go down as a icon with the Portland Trail Blazers?
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