It's the time of year when most NBA writers center around playoff teams and games. Not so Dan Feldman, writing for ProBasketballTalk at NBCSports.com. Feldman quotes Ramona Shelburne (senior writer for ESPN.com) on ESPN LA:
I think LaMarcus Aldridge is actually a lot more in play than people think.
How can you really improve that group up in Portland? I think Neil has done a great job up there, but it's Portland. He's (Aldridge) never quite fit in, and they've made it really clear that Damian Lillard is the face of their franchise.
Feldman then details a couple of past quotes from Aldridge when he might have been less enchanted with the Blazer's direction and presents a nice chart comparing salaries if LaMarcus re-signs with the Blazers or looks to the other side of the fence to see more green.