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Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge says he'll re-sign next summer

By James Herbert | NBA writer

LaMarcus Aldridge wants to be the best Blazer ever.
LaMarcus Aldridge wants to be the best Blazer ever. (USATSI)

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Portland Trail Blazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge told the Oregonian's Joe Freeman that he intends to re-sign with the team next offseason rather than signing an extension now.

Aldridge has been excellent for years, but enjoyed a career season last year and removed any doubt that he would command a maximum contract on the open market. He spoke freely about his desire to stay in Portland, as the team turned it around after missing the postseason in consecutive years. The Blazers then earned their first playoff-series win since 2000, beating the Houston Rockets in the first round.

The three-time All-Star averaged 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds per game this past season. As long as he stays healthy, this is a prudent financial move for Aldridge, who turns 29 this month.

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