Originally posted on RealGM  |  Last updated 7/12/13
LaMarcus Aldridge endorsed the Portland Trail Blazers’ acquisition of Robin Lopez. Aldridge reportedly wanted a trade from the Blazers last season. "I think LaMarcus is pleased,” Neil Olshey said in a press conference on Thursday. “Clearly he and Robin Lopez are represented by the same agent so they've been in contact. He was a part of the process during this. Look, LaMarcus' key was to get a big body next to him so he's not always thrown to the wolves down crunch time playing the five or being guarded by fives. It was a concern for us as well. We don't want him getting beaten up and worn down at the end of every year because he's a power forward that we've forced to play the five because we didn't have anybody watching his back on the weakside and on the other block. “So I think bringing someone like Robin in that knows his role. He'll score with opportunity but he's not a guy that's going to demand touches. We have enough firepower with our other four guys in the starting lineup that, it's not going to effect them offensively, but clearly it's going to make them all better defenders." Lopez averaged 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.56 blocked shots in 26 minutes last season for New Orleans.
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