LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly tells Portland Trail Blazers he isn't returning

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The NBA Draft has come and gone, but unfortunately we did not get to see any major trades on draft night. 

The futures of All-Star caliber players like DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings, the Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Blazers are all still up in the air, with the coming weeks set to be crucial.

But it seems that we already know a key part of one of those star's futures, with Aldridge apparently set to join a new team.


According to a report from Erik Gundersen of The Columbian, The soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Aldridge has told the Portland Trail Blazers that he will  not be re-signing with the team and will be joining someone else.

"A Western Conference executive with knowledge of the Aldridge pursuit has told The Columbian that the free-agent has already informed the Blazers that he will not return to the Northwest," Gunderson wrote yesterday.

"He's gone," a source close to Aldridge said. "There's a 99.9 percent chance that he's out of Portland."

Aldridge has spent his entire NBA career in Portland, so the move does come as a bit of a surprise. The Blazers have made the playoffs for the last couple of seasons in a row, but were knocked out in the 1st round this year by the Memphis Grizzlies.

The big power forward had formed a formidable partnership with Damian Lillard - arguably the best young point guard in the league - but it seems that the Blazers hadn't done enough to satisfy the All-Star that the team were going to become serious challengers, thanks to a poor supporting cast.

Lakers Move?

And it appears that the team leading the chase to land the four-time All-Star are the Los Angeles Lakers. 

The Lakers shocked a lot of people last night by using their second overall pick on the talented point guard D'Angelo Russell, instead of bringing in the consensus second best talent, Jahlil Okafor, a big man out of Duke.

It seems the reason for that is because the Lakers feel they have an excellent chance of landing Aldridge in free agency and decided not to clog up the backcourt by instead bringing in a top-notch creator and facilitator like Russell.


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