As LaMarcus Aldridge's name gets tossed around in trade talks, one place he'd like to play is apparently the team that initially selected him on draft night in 2006: the Chicago Bulls. This new wrinkle to the trade rumors comes by way of Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald (via Blog A Bull).
The Bulls initially traded Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas and Viktor Khryapa during the 2006 NBA Draft, a deal the Blazers decidedly won.
McGraw's reports says that Aldridge now wants to play for the team that drafted, but that talks between the Blazers and Bulls have hit an apparent snag. The Blazers were interested in Joakim Noah and were unwilling to accept a deal with Luol Deng as the feature player.
It's not clear if the Blazers are still negotiating with Chicago, but there is no shortage of rumors surrounding Aldridge.
It would benefit both Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers to make a deal with two years left on his contract. The Blazers are obviously going to want to get something in return for him before he leaves as a free agent, but if they wait too long, he turns into a loaner. From Aldridge's perspective -- a player who averaged over 20 points for the third straight year while reeling in a career high 9.1 boards per game -- he likely doesn't want to play for a team that might not be able to make vast improvements from an 11th place finish in the Western Conference.
And, as such, he's expected to be traded this summer.
As Blazer's Edge has previously reported, there's a "solid chance" Aldridge is dealt this offseason -- and a trade for the No. 1 pick was apparently on the table, at least for a bit.
Aldridge at power forward running the pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop with Derrick Rose would be one of the most effective combinations in the league -- and certainly more effective than pairing Rose with Carlos Boozer has been. With Noah at center, the Bulls' frontcourt would be one of the league's most formidable, but the Blazers are apparently steadfast in their desire to get Noah in the deal.