Blazers news: LaMarcus Aldridge interested in moving to contender

Portland Trail Blazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge likely wants out of the Pacific Northwest if the Blazers aren’t willing to take the necessary steps to improve their team, according to

Sources close to the Blazers’ star have said that his top choice would be to play for the Chicago Bulls, the team that traded him after selecting him in 2006 for Tyrus Thomas. He’s had some of his best games at the United Center, and remembers the feeling of being slighted when Chicago moved him. 

“I still have something to prove when I play in Chicago. I just love to play there,” Aldridge told in March. “Whenever I go back, I want them to know what they are missing out on. To this day, I still take it personal. I hope they know now which power forward they should have held on to.”

Aldridge nearly averaged a double-double in 2012-13 with 21.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He did so with solid work on the defensive end, averaging 1.2 blocks per game to tie a career-high for a season. 

The Blazers drafted C.J. McCollum out of Lehigh with the 10th overall pick on Thursday.  

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