Receiving equal value in a trade for LaMarcus Aldridge could prove to be difficult for the Trail Blazers. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
Representatives of All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge met with Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey on Sunday to seek several trade scenarios, according to a report from Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet.
The meeting that reportedly took place in Las Vegas was amicable, with Aldridge seeking a move to a team better suited to contend. But even if the Trail Blazers were inclined to trade their best player, getting equal value might be unlikely this offseason.
The report infers that the Bulls, Timberwolves, Clippers, Hawks and Pelicans have so far declined trading key players in a deal including Aldridge and the Blazers.
According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the situation, described the meeting as being productive with both sides focused on doing what's best for both parties.
Aldridge, 27, has two years and roughly $30 million remaining on his current contract and I'm told Olshey is in no rush to facilitate a deal at the urging of a player's camp, especially if the organization isn't getting equal value in return.
Trading Aldridge for a collection of draft picks will not be an option.
Prospective teams holding the rights to Joakim Noah, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Al Horford and Anthony Davis, as of now, have declined to involve their franchise players in any potential deals for Aldridge, a league source told CSNNW.com.
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Olshey told Blazersedge
last week that that Aldridge was "pleased" with Portland's 2013 offseason, which has included trading for center Robin Lopez (formerly of the Pelicans) and forward Thomas Robinson (Rockets), signing free-agent forward Dorell Wright (76ers) and drafting Lehigh guard CJ McCollum.