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2015 NBA Free Agency Rumors And Chat: LaMarcus Aldridge Nearing A Decision?

All the latest on a day where the NBA is spending money like the world is ending.

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The latest news and rumors will be updated here at the top.

For details on old rumors, please visit the previous draft rumors post! Here is a summary:

Blazers Rumors and News:

Wednesday, 5:58 pm: According to ESPN's Baxter Holmes, the Los Angeles Lakers' Twitter account has deleted its tweets that served to recruit LaMarcus Aldridge, namely one that showed Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine sporting an Aldridge Lakers jersey. Add this to the collection of information that points to Aldridge not going to L.A.

Wednesday, 5:28 pm: The L.A. Daily News' Mark Medina reports that the Blazers are one of a host of teams that has expressed interest in free agent Carlos Boozer.

Wednesday, 5:27 pm: TNT's David Aldridge has reported that the Phoenix Suns had faith in their pitch to LaMarcus Aldridge before the meeting started, and that they were "very impressive" overall.

Wednesday, 5:17 pm: Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the Phoenix Suns are indeed a serious threat to land LaMarcus Aldridge.

Wednesday, 5:15 pm: RealGM's Shams Charania reports that Damian Lillard's anticipated five-year deal with Portland may be worth around $129 million with a fifth-year option.

Wednesday, 5:10 pm: Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Portland Trail Blazers have gained ground in their pursuit of free agent center Greg Monroe.

Wednesday, 5:05 pm: ESPN's Calvin Watkins has reported that the Houston Rockets are confident that their meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge went well.

Wednesday, 3:59 pm: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne has reported that free agent Robin Lopez will meet with the New York Knicks tonight for dinner after meeting with the Milwaukee Bucks earlier today.

Wednesday, 3:28 pm: Sam Amick of USA Today has reported that a decision from LaMarcus Aldridge tonight is unlikely. He also confirmed a previous ESPN report, stating that Phoenix is now a contender for Aldridge's services.

Wednesday, 3:21 pm: ESPN's Marc Stein has reported that following LaMarcus Aldridge's meeting with the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix has moved into a contending position for Aldridge, alongside the San Antonio Spurs.

Wednesday, 2:45 pm: TNT's David Aldridge has reported that free agent Robin Lopez's meeting with the Milwaukee Bucks just ended.

Wednesday, 2:43 pm: LaMarcus Aldridge's meeting with the Dallas Mavericks is about to begin, reports ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

Wednesday, 2:36 pm: Ken Berger of CBS Sports has reported that LaMarcus Aldridge's meeting with the Phoenix Suns has ended, and Suns management believes that Phoenix in the mix.

Wednesday, 2:31 pm: Frank Isola of the New York Daily News has reported that the New York Knicks will meet with free agent Arron Afflalo on Thursday.

Wednesday, 1:12 pm: CSNNW's Jabari Young reports that Blazers GM Neil Olshey has no interest in participating in a sign-and-trading involving LaMarcus Aldridge.

Wednesday, 1:00 pm: ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that should LaMarcus Aldridge choose to sign with the Phoenix Suns, Portland may be interested in a sign-and-trade for guard Eric Bledsoe.


Note from Dave: Talked about this briefly a couple days ago. The salaries match up for a straight sign-and-trade for Aldridge and Bledsoe. The cap savings to Portland would allow for another max signing alongside Bledsoe. (I'm guessing Greg Monroe.) Obviously Bledsoe is another Olshey pick, which fits the pattern. The main obstacle is getting Aldridge to agree. But this would be one of the ways Olshey and the Blazers could emerge from free agency claiming they put the team ahead even though they lost Aldridge.


For news of all the new Blazer signings and major events, such as the signing of Al-Farouq Aminu, visit the Blazer's Edge front page, where Dave and the crew have analysis of all the moves.

After meeting with him this morning, the Spurs are by far the front runner to sign LaMarcus Aldridge, who seems extremely unlikely to return to Portland. But the Suns signed Tyson Chandler just in time to bring him to their meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge and make their case. This would make for a great season of a TV show on Netflix.

The Blazers reportedly have strong interest in Greg Monroe, and the top executives made him their "midnight visit" last night.

Wesley Matthews is talking to the Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors, but there is a general sense that the Mavs are the front-runners to sign him.

News is fairly quiet on the Robin Lopez front.

The Rest of the NBA:

Wednesday, 6:09 pm: The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen has reported that the Houston Rockets contacted free agent Rodney Stuckey's agent today, but are unlikely to move forward with negotiations until Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge makes his decision.

Wednesday, 5:48 pm: Basketball Insider's Alex Kennedy reports that the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Sacramento Kings have all added free agent Dahntay Jones to their wish list.

Wednesday, 5:31 pm: ESPN's Arash Markazi reports that Doc Rivers is interested in adding center Kendrick Perkins. This comes after Perkins turned down the Los Angeles Clippers last season in favor of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wednesday, 4:52 pm: ESPN's Tim MacMahon reports that Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle brought his A-game to the DeAndre Jordan meeting, and that Jordan liked what he heard.

Wednesday, 4:38 pm: Although the Indiana Pacers appear to be leading the Monta Ellis sweepstakes, ESPN's Chris Broussard has reported that the Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, and New York Knicks are still in the picture.

Wednesday, 4:29 pm: Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy reports that Iman Shumpert and the Cleveland Cavaliers have settled on a four-year deal worth $40 million.

Wednesday, 4:15 pm: Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Paul Pierce will sign a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers and reunite with Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. Pierce will be 40 when his contract expires. With Pierce joining the Clippers, it is looking increasingly likely that DeAndre Jordan will return.

Wednesday, 4:08 pm: ESPN's Marc Stein has reported that the Los Angeles Clippers are on the verge of reaching a deal with free agent Paul Pierce.

Wednesday, 3:38 pm: RealGM's Shams Charania has reported that free agent forward Paul Millsap has agreed to re-sign with the Atlanta Hawks.

Wednesday, 3:36 pm: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported that the Memphis Grizzlies have signed free agent forward Brandan Wright to a three-year deal.

Wednesday, 2:49 pm: Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has reported that free agent Monta Ellis will decide on an offer from the Indiana Pacers after eating dinner with them tonight.

Wednesday, 2:29 pm: Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated has reported that the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans are interested in signing free agent forward Richard Jefferson to a short-term deal.

Wednesday, 2:20 pm: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported that the Houston Rockets will not be signing European guard Sergio Llull, who currently plays for Real Madrid. The Rockets have Llull's draft rights and had been negotiating a deal with him.

Wednesday, 1:18 pm: Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has reported that free agent forward Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors have broken off contract negotiations.

Wednesday, 12:41 pm: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported that the Oklahoma City Thunder have signed restricted free agent Kyle Singler to a five-year extension.

Wednesday, 12:40 pm: The Boston Celtics have also re-signed Jonas Jerebko, reports Sam Amick of USA Today.

Wednesday, 12:38 pm: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported that Amir Johnson has signed with the Boston Celtics on a short-term deal.

Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson have re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Anthony Davis accepted a max extension with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Brendan Knight signed with the Phoenix Suns for 5 years, $70 million.

DeMarre Carroll has left Atlanta to join the Toronto Raptors.

San Antonio re-signed Danny Green for 4 years, $45 million

Khris Middleton re-signed for 5 years, $70 million with the Bucks.

New Jersey is completing deals with Brook Lopez and Thad Young.