San Antonio Spurs: Damian Lillard wishes LaMarcus Aldridge stayed in Portland

By Rob Wolkenbrod
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 28: Damian Lillard
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 28: Damian Lillard /

LaMarcus Aldridge left for the San Antonio Spurs in 2015. There is one player that wanted him to stay with the Portland Trail Blazers, however.

LaMarcus Aldridge joined the San Antonio Spurs in 2015 free agency. This ended his nine season on the Portland Trail Blazers, where he started his career as a draft pick in 2006 and led the team to multiple playoff appearances.

Aldridge had the best years of his career with the Trail Blazers, averaging 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds in his final year. He played with a still-developing Damian Lillard, who’s the new face of the franchise.

After two years away, Lillard still wishes Aldridge remain in Portland. He revealed this in a response to a fan’s tweet:

You ever wish LA woulda stayed with you and Cj? @Dame_Lillard

— Patrick Berry (@Patrick61040472) August 29, 2017


— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) August 29, 2017


It’s something to wonder if Aldridge chose to remain in Portland. He would get the chance to play with Lillard and CJ McCollum, whose production rose over the past few years. Jusuf Nurkic was also an intriguing find for the Blazers in a midseason trade, but would he be there if Aldridge stayed?

Aldridge will get the chance to leave after the 2017-18 season, as he’ll have a player option for $22 million. If he opts in, then the opportunity will be there after 2018-19. That will be interesting, given he’ll be in his mid-30’s and nearing the back-end of his career. Will the Spurs pay another contract or choose to let him go?

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It’s not something to look at for another 10 months and may be based on how the 2017-18 campaign goes for Aldridge. Let’s check in on this later.