When LaMarcus Aldridge first got on the team, I thought he was destined to be the second or even third fiddle team on the Portland Trail Blazers. Brandon Roy was leading the go-to guy for the Blazers then and Greg Oden had so much potential coming into the league.
Now Roy is retired and Oden is barely hanging on as he went through multiple injuries and personal problems. Aldridge has blossomed to become the #1 guy of a rising Blazers team. While he has expressed unhappiness before because of the direction of the team, he seems satisfied now on where the Blazers are going.
Aldridge was asked about the new rich NBA TV deal but he said he’s not focused on that. From Joe Freeman of The Oregonian:
Aldridge refused to go into great detail on the issue, saying he was “focused on the season” and not his free agency. But, when I told him I get asked about it relentlessly from Blazers fans because it’s one of the biggest issues facing the future of the franchise, he expounded briefly.
“Of course it changes numbers and fluctuates deals,” Aldridge said. “But I haven’t got into thoughts about that. I just read up on it so I can be informed about the current NBA state and know what it is out there.”
Aldridge is a free agent after this season. If he wants to take advantage of the booming deal, he can sign a one-year deal for the 2015-16 season and get as much money as possible when the TV deal starts.
But regardless, I don’t think this changes much in Aldridge’s status. More from Freeman of The Oregonian:
Anything can happen between now and this summer. But Aldridge said he wanted to retire in Portland. He said he wanted to be the “best Blazer ever.”
Aldridge may very well have that chance to be the best Blazer ever.
Aldridge picture courtesy of Getty Images.