The Portland Trailblazers have reportedly rejected an offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers that would have sent All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge to Cleveland.
ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chad Ford collectively report that Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant offered both of his first-round selections (Nos. 1 and 19) for Aldridge. This report corroborates previous reports that the Cavaliers have not only tried to trade the first-overall selection for a veteran, but have a desire to acquire the Portland forward. In prior reports, the Cavaliers had spoken to the Trailblazers while including a package that included power forward Tristan Thompson and shooting guard Dion Waiters.
The Cavaliers have reportedly received calls regarding their No. 1 selection, potentially including a recently reported interest in Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng. Ford reports that the Trailblazers have been the most aggressive in trying to obtain the No. 1 pick, but, as reported by FOX Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico, the Cavaliers will not move it without receiving a hefty sum in return.
Aldridge, 27, is coming off of his third-consecutive season of at least 21 points and eight rebounds per contest and possesses a very efficient game. He is due to make over $30 million over the next two seasons, a contract that would tie up some of the team’s salary cap space into the 2015-16 season.
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