Cesar Nanclares of TuBasket.com reports that Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge was one of two NBA forwards under consideration by Spanish club Real Madrid back in October. Real Madrid ultimately signed Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka to a 3-month contract, but it sounds like he's not working out perfectly.
BallinEurope.com translates Nanclares' report and makes it sound like there's a chance Aldridge could replace Ibaka if things don't improve.
Reportedly, Madrid officials at that time preferred the possibilities with Ibaka, since the Blazer would need time to adapt and would be doing his first stint outside the U.S.; Aldridge's attacking play also essentially represents a diametric opposite to Ibaka's game.
Ibaka's play has been lackluster for Real Madrid in both Euroleague and Liga Endesa competition. While second-best in the EL in blocks per minute, Ibaka is playing just 12 per game while averaging just 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds - serious comedowns from his 2010-11 season with the Thunder. His numbers are hardly better in Spain: In 12.0 minutes per game, his line reads 4.8 ppg, 2.8 rbg and 1.0 bbg.
Signed to a three-month deal, the expiration of Ibaka's contract would allow Real Madrid to sign a replacement in early January.
Former Blazers Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez play for Real Madrid. Aldridge and Real Madrid were linked in rumors last week.
Early January represents the assumed drop dead date for the 2011-2012 NBA season.
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