LaMarcus Aldridge has spent his basketball career with the Portland Trail Blazers and the big man is still happy with the organization, Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey told media today in a press conference. Olshey also said that Aldridge never asked for a trade this summer despite rumors linking him to the Bulls:
"I think it comes from all you [media] -- everybody fighting to be first with inaccurate information. I can tell you, LaMarcus Aldridge, you guys have known him longer than I have. And if he had asked to be traded, he would have told people that he asked to be traded. He never asked to be traded."
Aldridge opened up about wanting the Blazers to make the playoffs and improving their playoff odds last February, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News. The Blazers finished the 2012-2013 season with the 11th-best record in the Western Conference, 12 games behind the No. 8-seed Houston Rockets.
Portland added a host of players this summer including Mo Williams, Earl Watson, Dorell Wright, Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez, Terrel Harris, second-round draft pick Allen Crabbe and pick No. 10 from the 2013 NBA Draft C.J. McCollum.
Portland's other lottery selections from Aldridge's early years with Portland, Greg Oden and Brandon Roy, both had their careers with the team shortened by injuries. Aldridge stands as a consistent pillar for the Blazers, averaging 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He had seen three straight playoff appearances with Portland from 2009-2011 prior to missing the last two consecutive seasons. Aldridge has never advanced beyond the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs, as the team has been eliminated in six games in all three of the playoff series he has played in.