A recent report claiming that LaMarcus Aldridge, a soon-to-be unrestricted free agent, was selling his suburban Portland, Oregon, home sparked rumors that the Portland Trail Blazers' power forward was leaning toward leaving the city. But the story appears to be misleading because Aldridge was only renting the West Linn, Oregon, house, which belongs to Damon Stoudamire, a former Trail Blazer guard who's now an assistant college coach at the University of Arizona.
Aldridge has since vacated the house. “Aldridge has yet to comment on the issue, but it should be noted that in 2012 a home belonging to Aldridge in Irving, Texas, was sold. And that his home in Lake Oswego [Oregon] was sold in 2009, too, but remained a Trail Blazer,” Comcast Sports Net said in its latest report.
Speculation about Aldridge’s future in “Rip City” has been swirling since the team exited the NBA playoffs. The University of Texas product performed poorly in the first-round loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, with Portland bowing out in just five games. His relationship with fellow All-Star Damien Lillard has also been heavily questioned, leading many to specualte on his future.
The Western Conference All-Star starting power forward is reportedly coveted by a number of teams, such as the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks. Zach Lowe of Grantland.com speculated that Spurs general manager R.C. Buford is eyeing him as a potential replacement for Tim Duncan while the Knicks have been seeking a second star to join Carmelo Anthony -- even if it means dealing their lottery pick.
Aldridge will turn 30 in July and will be inking the final max contract he can command from the market. The former No. 2 pick in the 2006 NBA Draft could sign a two-year contract and chase a larger one once the new Collective Bargaining Agreement kicks in, but nothing is imminent at this point.