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Ziller: "Decent" Chance LaMarcus Aldridge Holds Blazers Hostage

Tom Ziller of SBNation.com writes that there is a "decent" chance that All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge holds the Portland Trail Blazers hostage a la Dwight Howard when it comes time to negotiate his next contract. --------------------------------- Like [Kevin] Love, we're a few years away over here. The concern in Portland is that while Aldridge continues to improve, the Blazers are not in position to capitalize. They kept Nicolas Batum and drafted really well (Damian Lillard, I'm a believer!), but this team is pretty far away from contending in the stacked West. In two years, when LMA has a year to go before free agency, he'll be 29 years old. It'll take some brand of Luke Babbitt infused miracle for Portland to be a legit contender by then. So I could see Aldridge's eyes straying. This isn't like Love in Minnesota, where this is the team's first rise in a decade. LMA has been to the playoffs. He's seen Portland at its rowdiest. He's given those years to Portland, and because of his age, I think he might be more willing to walk away. It's a long way off, but ... Likelihood of LaMarcalypse: decent. --------------------------------- Aldridge is under contract through the 2014-15 season. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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