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New York Knicks Among Suitors for LaMarcus Aldridge

ESPN's Chris Broussard says Phil Jackson and company will meet with Portland's All-Star before Friday.

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If Portland Trail Blazers fans had a dream scenario, it would include the Blazers retaining the services of All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge while pairing him with a difference-maker at center. DeMarcus Cousins would be the favorite option, but DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers would also qualify.

As it turns out, the New York Knicks are trying to make Portland's dream come true for themselves. According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Knicks are expected to meet with both Aldridge and Jordan in Los Angeles before the end of the week.

New York Knicks brass will head to Los Angeles this week to meet with LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan, according to league sources.

The Knicks' contingent is believed to include president Phil Jackson, GM Steve Mills and head coach Derek Fisher.

"Meeting with" does not equal "signing", however:

While the Knicks are considered long shots to land either Aldridge or Jordan, sources said they are in each players top four.

Aldridge, whom sources say is all but certain to leave Portland, will also meet with the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jordan will also meet with the Mavs, Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers, according to sources.

The Lakers have been rumored to be preparing their own max offer for Aldridge.

Adrian Wojnarowski of YahooSports reports that the Knicks are front-runners for Arron Afflalo, another Blazers free agent, and Detroit big man Greg Monroewho reportedly has also piqued the Blazers' interest.