LaMarcus Aldridge could be a Portland Trail Blazer again, sooner than later.
The 35-year old former All-Star has agreed with San Antonio to mutually part ways, but the Spurs want to trade him. However, his $24 million salary makes a trade hard to find, especially given his horrid play so far this year. The Spurs are 9.8 points per 100 possessions better when he sits on the bench per Cleaning the Glass.
He is averaging just 13.7 points per game, the fewest he’s scored since his rookie season while adding 4.5 rebounds per game for the Spurs.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported that "barring something unforeseen, league sources see it as more likely that Aldridge is bought out after the deadline."
If Aldridge reaches the buyout market, the Trail Blazers are expected to be among his top suitors along with Miami and Boston. Mannix stated both Miami and Boston are not interested in trading for the center.
The report should come as no surprise as a potential reunion with the Trail Blazers has been rumored over the years. Aldridge, who left Portland in 2015 to join the San Antonio Spurs, teased a potential reunion with Rip City when speaking with Damian Lillard.
"I keep telling him I'm going to come back and finish [in Portland]," Aldridge told The Athletic. "That's something him and I have talked about—playing together again."
The NBA Trade Deadline is on March 25.