Portland Trail Blazers centers Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter were hoping LaMarcus Aldridge would return to Rip City and join them on the front court. While nothing was set in stone at the moment, they were also in awe of the 35-year-old’s decision to sign with the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday after being bought by the San Antonio Spurs.
The two open centers took to Twitter to air their reactions. Kanter turned to humor to mask his disappointment, while Nurk opted to post a sarcastic Magic Johnson laughing meme.
Thanos? or maybe Jesus 🤔 https://t.co/xmd9BgFdBl
– Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) March 27, 2021
– Jusuf Nurkić (@ bosnianbeast27) March 27, 2021
Blazers guard Anfernee Simmons also stepped in after the development that brought the Nets’ All-Star player count to six.
Nah fr tho 😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/BqZOdEhvVK
– Anfernee Simons (@AnferneeSimons) March 27, 2021
LaMarcus Aldridge, of course, represented Rip City from 2006 to 2015. He still leads the franchise in several statistical categories and is considered one of the best Blazers players of all time. The Blazers were reportedly closely monitoring his situation with the Spurs in an attempt to get him back to where it all began. While he’s no longer the same dominant post-player he was at the beginning of his career, the seven-time All-Star could have added more depth to his roster.
Blazers superstar Damian Lillard has long been open about his desire to reunite with his former teammate. Even Aldridge himself said in the past that he intends to finish his career in Portland.
But Aldridge couldn’t resist the temptation to win his first NBA title as he now joins a powerful team led by the three-headed monster of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Aldridge is Brooklyn’s second high-profile firm in the acquisitions market, having also chosen Blake Griffin earlier this month.
Aldridge’s deal with the Nets lasts only until this season, so there is still the possibility of a return to the Blazers in the near future.