As the world gears up for game 3 of the NBA Finals, all signs point to one 4-time all-star power forward bolting for a new destination. Of course, I’m talking about LaMarcus Aldridge.
During his 9 year career, Aldridge has only made it out of the first round once. While the prospect of leaving Portland appears easy on the surface, it’ll be hard to walk away from $27 million.
However, the prospect of going back home to Texas may be even more enticing.
Of his potential suitors, league sources indicate that the Mavericks are the biggest threat to pull Aldridge away from the Blazers, but it’s the general idea of returning to Texas, not a specific destination, that appeals to him. Both the Mavericks and Spurs, of course, could have the requisite cap space, reputation of success and location.
From a pure winning standpoint, San Antonio would be the obvious choice, but reportedly they’re not too high on Aldridge’s wish list.
Several sources have indicated that the Spurs, for whatever reason, are either off his list or not very high on it.
Assuming Aldridge has indeed played his last game in a Blazers uniform, the potential non-Texas destinations are the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.
Reportedly, Aldridge just recently visited the Celtics and if Kevin Love stays in Cleveland, you got to believe Los Angeles will do whatever it takes to bride Aldridge.
We’re still very early on in the process, but it’ll be interesting to see how the chips fall in the coming weeks.
H/T: Bleacher Report