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LaMarcus Aldridge will not sign a contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason, but he plans to do so next summer.
Aldridge said he believes it will make more financial sense for him to wait until next summer when he can sign a five-year, $108 million deal.
"I'm happy to stay (in Portland), happy to be here, happy with the direction the team has gone the last year or 2," Aldridge said. "But I just want to get a 5-year deal. I feel like that’s the best decision on my part."
Aldridge added he wants to finish his career with the Blazers.
Joe Cronin has been named Director of Player Personnel of the Portland Trail Blazers.
“Joe possesses a unique skill set that is critical to the success of our organization,” said Olshey in a release from the team. “His expertise and contributions in multiple areas make him an invaluable member of our front office staff.”
Cronin will now manage “all aspects of the NBA Salary Cap.” Cronin will also be involved in NBA draft preparation and scouting in free agency and trades, according to the Blazers.
The Dallas Mavericks and Vince Carter have a strong mutual interest to agree upon a new contract, but he is also expected to receive interest from the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors.
Carter averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 24.4 minutes per game last season despite being 37.
The Portland Trail Blazers have presented LaMarcus Aldridge with a maximum contract extension.
Paul Allen and Neil Olshey met with Wasserman Media Group agents Thad Foucher and Arn Tellem to lay out the max contract extension scenarios available to Aldridge and reaffirm the franchise's desire to secure him for the long term, league sources said.
The Blazers offered a three-year, $55.5 million extension this summer, though it is not in Aldridge's best interest to accept it.
The Blazers are determined to keep Aldridge on a five-year, $108 million extension that he can sign upon reaching free agency next summer.