Portland Trail Blazers two-time All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge is aware of the reports stating that he has requested a trade.
During the offseason, Aldridge likes to keep to himself as he spends time with family and loved ones. Thus, the sole reason he hasn't denied or confirmed those reports publicly.
That is, until now.
“I haven't demanded a trade or cleared a way for my departure,” Aldridge told CSNNW.com in a brief phone conversation. “It's not true. That's all I am saying right now.”
Aldridge, 28, at this time has chosen not to address whether or not he wants to continue his playing career in Rip City, which is understandable.
CSNNW.com reported on Thursday that if the Trail Blazers did not make significant changes to improve its roster, Aldridge would rather be traded to a contender with Chicago being his first team of choice.
The seven-year veteran has two-years at roughly $30 million remaining on his current deal and that means Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey doesn't have to rush to find a taker right now.
On draft night Olshey told CSNNW.com there was nothing to talk about regarding Aldridge reportedly wanting out.