The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly becoming a serious option for Portland Trail Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge as he looks set to test free agency.
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It is becoming more and more likely that Aldridge is set to leave Portland next month, and the franchise has started the process of rebuilding by trading Nicolas Batum.
Whispers around the league continue to suggest that Aldridge is days away from following him out of the exit door, and the list of interested teams is growing by the day.
The San Antonio Spurs have long been considered the front-runners to acquire the All-Star power forward, but the Lakers have entered the race and are now a serious contender to sign the 29-year-old.
It is also reported that the Dallas Mavericks are monitoring his situation closely, and it remains to be seen where Aldridge ends up after the market opens on July 1.
“ESPN.com reported in May that both the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks strongly believe they’ll have a great shot to lure Aldridge back to his home state of Texas next month. But sources said this week that Aldridge is actually thinking more and more about a free-agent jump to the Los Angeles Lakers,” ESPN reported.
“The Spurs, sources say, continue to be Aldridge’s most likely destination if he goes through with the idea of leaving the Blazers to start anew. But sources also say there is a rising sentiment that the Lakers have edged past the Mavericks on Aldridge’s wish list despite the fact that he was a high school star in Dallas.”
It will be up to Aldridge to figure out where he believes he will fit in best next season and which team gives him the best chance of winning. On the face of it, the Spurs would naturally be considered the best option, but with the Lakers ready to make big moves this summer, they could well be a legitimate contender with Aldridge joining their march too.