Dallas Mavericks Preparing To Pitch LaMarcus Aldridge?


Nov 6, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) backs in on Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first quarter of the game against the Dallas Mavericks at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks are expected to pursue LaMarcus Aldridge this summer

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The Dallas Mavericks have been pursuing key players in nearly every NBA offseason since they broke up their NBA Championship winning team back in 2011. Since then, though, they haven’t had much luck in attracting that one big star.

A franchise-changing star, if you would.

But it hasn’t come due to a lack of trying.

In just the past handful of offseasons, the Dallas Mavericks have tried — and failed — to sign Deron Williams, Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony. Before that, they even had a failed attempt at signing LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

It happens.

You’re not going to hit a homerun every at-bat. And perhaps their signing of Chandler Parsons this past summer was just that. Parsons was a nice double. He’s a good, solid NBA starter. He’s not going to take any team over-the-top, though.

Next summer won’t be any different. The Dallas Mavericks will — again — be swinging for the fences.

And according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News, that could entail the Mavs pursuing LaMarcus Aldridge hard.

"[via It’s a longshot, but expect max-money Mavs to make a pitch for Portland’s Aldridge come summer — Dallas Morning News]Before the question was even asked in its entirety, Dirk Nowitzki was ready to tap the brakes.The subject was Portland star and Seagoville product LaMarcus Aldridge and the possibility that Nowitzki and other Maverick players might want to start their sales pitches to Aldridge as soon as possible. The 6-11 power forward will be one of the NBA’s most attractive free agents in the summer of 2015.“Ease up on that,” he said.…Nowitzki made it clear that teaming up with Aldridge would be something compelling to him, even though they play the same position.And yes, even though Aldridge has stated his desire to return to Portland and cement himself as the greatest Blazer of all time.“I think I’ve showed in my career that I can play with anybody in this league,” Nowitzki said, clearly warming up to the idea. “In some situations, he’s playing the five [center] when they go small, so …”He didn’t have to finish the thought. Great players love playing with other great players. And at this point in his career, there is no doubting Aldridge’s greatness.He’s in the final season of a five-year contract worth $65 million. The Blazers, according to the Oregonian, offered a three-year, $55 million extension this summer, which Aldridge declined.The Mavericks certainly will be among them next summer unless something happens to land them a different All-Star level player."

I think the basis of this article is basically the fact that LaMarcus Aldridge is from Dallas, and played his college ball at Texas. Right now, that seems to be the new fad — to have a homecoming to play for your city.

LeBron James did that, and whispers of Kevin Durant possibly doing that in 2016 is all the fuel the NBA needs to run with such narrative.

Aldridge has stated that he wants to re-sign in Portland. Although, if there’s probably one place that could prove to rival his interest in the Blazers, it’s probably going to be the Mavericks. Right?

His hometown — assuming he values the opportunity of playing in Dallas — and a team that is (potentially) on the cusp of winning another NBA championship.

Aldridge probably re-signs in Portland, but who really knows right now?

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