May 14, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) shoots the ball over San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw (33) in game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 104-82. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Would LaMarcus Aldridge Test Free Agency Next Offseason?

LaMarcus Aldridge is going to get paid a whole lot of money one way or another — from the Portland Trail Blazers or from some other team.

He’s either going to sign a huge extension this offseason, next offseason or get traded. Though, according to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein, it’s looking more and more like the latter(s). If that.

Aldridge wants to be a Blazer. He’s made that pretty clear.

But his last deal wasn’t quite a max deal, which limits the size of his extension, plus league rules preclude Aldridge from extending for more than two seasons this summer. Thus it’s believed that Portland will have to wait until after Aldridge plays out the final season of his contract at just over $16 million and hits free agency on July 1, 2015.

The summer of 2015 looks like it’s going to be a huge one for the Blazers, with not only Aldridge’s free agency to handle but also the max extension that looms for Lillard. The scary part there for the Blazers, of course, is what potentially happens to Aldridge’s sunny outlook if the Blazers backslide in any way next season.

Even though, at times this season, he’s talked about wanting to stay a Blazer and signing an extension, he’s also been rumored to “demanding a trade” from Portland earlier this season. Though, with the season Portland had, he’s probably happy with the club right now. You’d think.

I’m not sure where he stands today, though. I don’t know if anyone does.

And money-wise, it doesn’t make sense for Aldridge to sign a max extension this summer. If he did, the max he could sign for is somewhere along the lines of three-years, $55 million. However, if he waits until his contract expires, he could ink a deal of five years, $127 million.

Now we see why it’s logical that he waits.

Though, it’s risky. For both parties.

The Blazers could fall off the relevance map again and Aldridge could have a sub-par season — both of which could potentially equate to a divorce between the two.

It’s still a long ways away, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility to believe that there’s a good chance that Aldridge could test free agency next offseason.


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