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One of the games best big men is going to be playing for a new team in 2015-16. LaMarcus Aldridge is set to become a free agent on July 1st and it was widely expected across the league that Aldridge would be leaving the Blazers. On Thursday a report surfaced that L.A. has already told the Blazers he is gone.
A Western Conference executive with knowledge of the Aldridge pursuit has told The Columbian that the free-agent has already informed the Blazers that he will not return to the Northwest.
Free-agency is set to begin on July 1 but the Blazers have wasted no time in re-tooling their roster for life after Aldridge.
Another league executive told The Columbian on Wednesday that the trade of Batum looked like “a rebuilding move,” and league sources say that the Blazers are “not done” dealing.
Batum was traded for veteran swingman Gerald Henderson and 19-year old power forward Noah Vonleh–a former lottery pick in 2014.
The latest knowledge aligns with the growing belief that Aldridge will leave town, which was reported by ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard as a 99.9 percent certainty on Thursday morning, citing sources close to Aldridge.
The San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers are among the teams chasing the free-agent forward.