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Smith: Blazers F LaMarcus Aldridge Ready To Vote On NBA's Proposal?

Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune reports that Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is open to the idea of voting on the NBA's current offer to the players.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake is making a behind-the-scenes effort to get the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) to vote on owners' latest collective bargaining agreement proposal before a Wednesday deadline, a source told The Salt Lake Tribune on Monday.

The veteran guard has recently contacted Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant and Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge, among others, according to the source. Bryant rivals LeBron James as the most popular athlete in the NBA, while Aldridge is Portland's player representative. Both were open to the idea of pushing for a vote, the source said.

Aldridge didn't have any comments of major substance on the lockout during his Sunday night charity game at the University of Portland but Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reported that Aldridge is heading to New York City to attend meetings as part of his NBPA representative duties.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported on Monday that the NBA and NBPA could meet on Tuesday in advance of the NBA's deadline on its current offer, which is set to pass at the end of business on Wednesday

Update: Totally missed the fact that CleBlazer had this first in the FanShots. Thanks and sorry!

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter