John Wall had grown so accustom to the scene: a lackluster start to the season and segments of the Wizards' locker room slowly griping. This team meeting, teammates had settled upon the chair of the franchise’s max player. Read More. Written by Shams Charania on Mar 11, 2014
LaMarcus Aldridge's future with the Portland Trail Blazers looked bleak in the offseason, but the team had a fast start to the 13-14 season are are contenders.
"Winning and happiness and making sure my worth is valued," Aldridge said, when asked what he will prioritize when it comes time to decide his future. "It's always nice to be noticed for doing good things."
Last month, Aldridge said publicly that he believes the team will be capable of winning a championship "in the next couple of years," and went so far as to say he'd like to discuss a contract extension this summer.
Aldridge could sign a two-year extension, but that would make him a free agent at 32. The more logical move would be for Aldridge to become a free agent in 2015 at 30 and then sign a five-year, max deal.
"I haven't gotten that far into it because I want to wait until this summer," Aldridge said. "But at that point, we'll sit down and talk about it. ... If we're all on the same page, then I'm looking forward to it."
LaMarcus Aldridge is having a career season for the Portland Trail Blazers and he is adamant that he is happy with the franchise.
Aldridge also would be open to discussing a long-term contract extension with the Blazers.
"I would like to re-sign here," Aldridge said. "If they want to talk about it, I would talk about it. They haven't yet, but I'm looking forward to the chance to do that."
"When the appropriate time comes, which is not now, that is a conversation that will happen between (owner) Paul Allen, myself, LaMarcus and his agent (Arn Tellem)," Neil Olshey said. "It's not a conversation that's going to play out in the media in January."
Aldridge was not content with the Blazers' position at times in the offseason, but they have been one of the NBA's top teams this season.
Mo Williams will opt out of his $2.7 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers for the 14-15 season.
Williams signed a two-year deal last offseason.
“I would like to be here long term,” Williams revealed to CSNNW.com. “My goal is to work something out with Portland this summer. I like it here and I want to make this place home.”
“Mo has been great,” Terry Stotts said. “He came in and understood his role. I think he has flourished in his role. I’ve said may times that I think he’s the best backup in the league, which is what we needed. He’s been able to help Damian on and off the court. We wouldn’t be where we are today without Mo.”
The Portland Trail Blazers assigned guard CJ McCollum to the Idaho Stampede.
McCollum (6-3, 197, Lehigh University), the 10th overall pick by the Trail Blazers in the 2013 NBA Draft, has been sidelined since fracturing his left foot in training camp. He was recently cleared to return to practice.
"You could live and work in anonymity in L.A.," Olshey told Yahoo Sports, "but it's different here. At one point, the Dalai Lama was here and our president, Chris McGowan, and I presented him with a Blazers jersey. I wouldn't have even been on the list to