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LaMarcus Aldridge to meet with four teams— and the Blazers aren’t one of them

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The NBA trade deadline came and went and LaMarcus Aldridge was still on the Spurs.

It was first reported on Mar. 10 that the two sides were breaking up. 

But then fast-forward to the trade deadline day and a buy-out was finalized in the late afternoon.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Aldridge was intially expected to talk with several teams, but it sounded like the Miami Heat were the frontrunners. 

Once the buy-out became official, Shams Charania of The Athletic, reported that the Heat are "a strong candidate," but the Trail Blazers are also "in the mix."

But, Thursday evening, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, is now reporting that the Trail Blazers are not on the list of four teams that he plans to meet with before making his decision.  

Aldridge, 35, was in the final year of his contract, which was worth $24 million this season. The 7-time All-Star signed a four-year, $80 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs in 2015 after spending his first 9 seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers.