Life after Aldridge Could be good?
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind now that Free Agency has officially began that Aldridge is looking elsewhere to take his talents. Personally, I’m thankful that we were able to hold onto him for so long. Our playoff series run a couple years ago and beating Houston to finally get out of the first round after so many years was a push in the right direction and one that LA saw, but injuries and a poor depth chart took its toll again this past year on the Blazers. We’ve seen what type of basketball is popular these days, with Golden State and Cavs, so Olshey’s tooling around so far seems to be gearing towards a similar type of play. Free Agency officially began on July 1st and although players cannot officially sign until the 9th, there are already plenty of verbal agreements on the table and some of those impact what the Blazers will be doing this off season.
- BLAZERS AGREE WITH AMINU FROM THE MAVERICKS ON A 4-YEAR, $30 MILLION DEAL
Aminu confirmed on his twitter account that he will be reuniting with Neil Olshey in Portland. Neil drafted Aminu back when Neil was with the Clippers. It’s still unknown at this point how Aminu fits into a Blazer role. He can certainly play Small Forward to take the place of Batum, but he can also play a decent Power Forward role if LA was to leave. Either way, Blazers get a good player at a good price who is still young, agile, and a hard worker.
- BLAZERS AND LILLARD AGREE TO 5-YEAR, $120 MILLION MAX DEAL
Anthony Davis was the first player from the 2012 draft to receive a max deal and it was well deserved. Lillard will join that list now once the agreement is signed on July 9th. In another wise and obvious move from the Blazers side, Lillard is definitely a star you do not want to lose. He is an obvious attraction to fans, but also current Free Agents who are looking around at what teams have to offer both on and off the court.
CURRENT FREE AGENCY RUMORS PERTAINING TO PORTLAND:
- San Antonio have traded Tiago Splitter to the Atlanta Hawks which frees up cap space, now Spurs have a little room to go after LA. Hawks will now have space to go after their coveted goal of Paul Millsap.
- Greg Monroe will be meeting with Blazers owners Paul Allen, GM Olshey, and Coach Stotts Wednesday in Washington, DC to discuss options. Greg is true Center and has played with the Pistons since being drafted as the 7th overall pick in the 2010 draft. A solid player and a great upgrade at Center for the future if the Blazers can land him.
- Mavericks are looking at Wesley Matthews meeting Wednesday to discuss options. Matthews is looking for a $15 Million a year deal and it appears the Mavericks have originally offered him $12 Million, so there is only a $3 Million gap to contend with… needless to say, things are close.
- LA is supposedly meeting with a number of teams over the next couple days, which include the Rockets, Lakers, Spurs, Knicks, Raptors, Suns, and Mavericks.
Matt Brown – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Matt Brown is Sports & Business Management Consultant with experience working with everyone from small and local Mom & Pop shops to working with professional sport league’s on business development. He brings a wealth of knowledge on the business side of sports, a side that many fans don’t get to see too often when they watch their favorite team battle each week.