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LaMarcus Aldridge open to re-signing with Trail Blazers

LaMarcus Aldridge (Sam Forencich/Getty Images) LaMarcus Aldridge is hoping to lead Portland to its first playoff series win since 2000. (Sam Forencich/Getty Images)

Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is enjoying a breakout season, averaging a career-high 23.6 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, and Portland (28-9) is tied for second in the Western Conference.

The 28-year-old, who is in his eighth season with the Blazers, said on Sunday he is open to re-signing with them.

"I would like to re-sign here," Aldridge told Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune. "If they want to talk about it, I would talk about it. They haven't yet, but I'm looking forward to the chance to do that."

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Portland has made the playoffs only three times in the last 11 years and hasn't advanced past the first round since 2000.

“Neil [Olshey, the Blazers GM] and I talked all summer,” Aldridge said. “I was unhappy with what happened last season. He said, ‘I know you want to win now. We’re not going to rebuild. We’re going to bring in some guys to win now.’ We went back and forth. He said, ‘Let me bring in some guys to help you.’ And that’s what happened.”

Aldridge, a two-time All Star, has one year and $16 million left on his current deal after this season.

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