LaMarcus Aldridge said he plans to sign a contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers next summer but will not do so this offseason, according to Joe Freeman of The Oregonian.
A report from Yahoo Sports said owner Paul Allen and general manager Neil Olshey presented Aldridge's agents with a maximum contract extension last month. However, the three-time All-Star forward can sign a more lucrative deal if he waits a year. Aldridge told Freeman that he wants to finish his career in Portland.
Aldridge averaged 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds last season as the Blazers won 54 games and earned the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference before falling to the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the playoffs.
LaMarcus Aldridge tells The Oregonian he will not sign a contract extension with #Blazers this offseason, but plans to do so next summer.— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) July 8, 2014
Aldridge said it makes most sense financially to wait because he can sign for more years (5) and make more money ($108 million) next year.— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) July 8, 2014
LaMarcus Aldridge said he wants to finish his career in Portland. One reason why: "I want to be the best Blazer. Ever."— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) July 8, 2014
- Chris Johnson