The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are reportedly looking to sign Portland Trail Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency this summer.
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Aldridge will be a free agent this summer and is expected to consider his options and talk to other teams, so much so that there are suggestions that it is 50/50 on whether or not he stays in Portland.
While the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks have been two of the teams linked with making an offer so far, two more teams have been added to the list with the Lakers and Knicks predictably becoming involved in the conversation.
“We know that the Knicks and Lakers will chase LaMarcus Aldridge come July,” ESPN‘s Marc Stein reported.
The Spurs certainly offer the better team and a chance of immediate and sustained success, but both the Knicks and Lakers offer bigger markets and are in the process of rebuilding to become competitive.
As a result it may come down to what the 29-year-old’s preference is as although he will be able to make more money over a longer period in Portland, it may not be enough if he believes he has a better chance of winning elsewhere.
The power forward has previously insisted that securing his place in franchise history is important, but as they trail the Memphis Grizzlies 2-0 in their opening playoff series and look unlikely to make any progress, he will be mindful of the restrictions he is under staying in Portland.
What is certain at this stage is that Aldridge will have plenty of options, but what is still left to be decided is whether or not he wants to find a new challenge elsewhere.