Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/23/13
Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts opened the team’s youth basketball camp on Monday morning. While nearly 100 pint-sized hoopers took part in various fundamental drills, Stotts – for the second time this month – took time to address trade rumors involving power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. During the NBA Summer League held in Las Vegas, Comcast Sportsnet Northwest reported that Aldridge representatives approached Blazer general manager Neil Olshey on possible trade scenarios for the two-time All-Star. On Monday, Stotts offered few remarks on the alleged meeting. “Unfortunately, there (are) a lot of rumors in the NBA. We don’t really comment on rumors,” Stotts said. “You go with every team, there (are) a lot of rumors out there. I’m not necessarily going to comment on LaMarcus. It’s just unfortunate that things like that are out there when there hasn’t really been comment on either side.” On Aldridge’s end, he took to Twitter last Thursday to offer a vague response about people “making up stuff.” Stotts said that he has exchanged text messages with Aldridge and expects that a Blazer assistant coach or two will meet up with him in Dallas or Los Angeles in August for individual workouts. Though the two sides have yet to determine the details of the workouts, Stotts spoke as though Aldridge, 28, will return to Portland for his eighth season. “I expect him to have a career year next year,” Stotts said. “LaMarcus is a pro, he’s been very consistent and he’s a central part of our success next season.”
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