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Nicolas Batum believes LaMarcus Aldridge remains the Portland Trail Blazers' go-to guy and franchise player, and he believes that the All-Star forward wants to stay with the team as it improves.
"I heard that too and I laughed when I read that," Batum said of speculation involving Aldridge this offseason. "He doesn't want to get traded, he wants the team to get better. LaMarcus is a winner.
"I know that's what he wants. We had two bad seasons and missed the playoffs and wants the team to improve. I think he didn't ask for a trade. He wants to stay and win with the Blazers. He just wants a better team around him so we can get back to the playoffs."
Aldridge and the Blazers have refuted that he requested a trade from the organization.
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Nicolas Batum told HoopsHype.com that he thinks Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is still the No.1 guy on the Blazers despite Damian Lillard's rise to stardom last season and that he doesn't believe Aldridge has demanded a trade.
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One of the perks of being a famous NBA player is people asking you to take a photo with them and recently, one fan of Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge got a picture to remember.
He posted the image to Reddit NBA and well, LA looked a little bit out of it:
LaMarcus Aldridge top image courtesy of Getty Images