The reunion was not meant to be.
Former Trail Blazer LaMarcus Aldridge decided against a rumored reunion with Rip City to sign with the Eastern Conference-favorite Brooklyn Nets.
Aldridge agreed to a buyout with the Spurs following the NBA trade deadline. The former All-Star reportedly did not even have a conversation with Portland per Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.
When the news of Aldridge joining a Nets roster that already has Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Jeff Green became public, numerous Blazers tweeted about the lunacy of collection of talent in Brooklyn.
This season, Aldridge averaged 13.7 points, the lowest mark since his rookie season and a career-low 4.5 rebounds. In fact, the Spurs were 9.8 points per 100 possessions worse when Aldridge was on the floor rather than on the bench.
However, Aldridge has teased out the idea of finishing his career in Portland, even telling The Athletic in 2019 that he and Lillard discussed the possibility.
“I keep telling [Lillard] I’m going to come back and finish [in Portland],” Aldridge told The Athletic in 2019. “That’s something him and I have talked about—playing together again.”
Well, it will not happen this season, though.