The recently bought big man LaMarcus Aldridge will not be returning to the Portland Trail Blazers, according to The Athletic’s Jason Quick. Quick says he’s been told the role in Portland wouldn’t be significant enough to warrant a reunion. Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic is expected to return against the Orlando Magic on Friday night. Reserve center Enes Kanter has performed well in Nurkic’s absence. With the full pivot position again, Aldridge would become a third wheel.
Telling LaMarcus Aldridge to go to Portland won’t happen. It’s not a big enough role for him with Nurkic coming back on Friday and Enes Kanter playing so well.
– Jason Quick (@jwquick) March 25, 2021
Aldridge was officially bought by the San Antonio Spurs after today’s trade deadline.
LaMarcus Aldridge returned $ 7.25 million on termination of contract with Spurs, sources say @Athletic @Stadium. Aldridge was due to pay $ 24 million this season. The Miami Heat are a strong candidate to sign the former All-Star as a free agent, according to sources, with Portland, among others, in the mix.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 25, 2021
Earlier this week, Marc Stein of The New York Times reported that the Miami Heat were in the box to sign Aldridge if they bought him.
Earlier this month, the Spurs announced that they had mutually agreed to part ways with Aldridge with San Antonio working to find the 15-year veteran a new home.
Aldridge has spent the past six seasons with the San Antonio Spurs after dramatically leaving the Blazers during the 2015 offseason.
Aldridge had previously discussed a possible return to Portland and a reunion with his former teammate Damian Lillard.
In 21 games this season, Aldridge has averaged 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
The Blazers currently have two open spots on the roster following today’s trade with the Toronto Raptors, which sent Gary Trent, Jr. and Rodney Hood to Toronto for Norman Powell.