View Full Version : Sources: Trail Blazers presented max extension to LaMarcus Aldridge's representatives

06-27-2014, 10:25 AM
Link (https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/sources--trail-blazers-formally-present-max-contract-extension-to-lamarcus-aldridge-s-representatives-211219265.html).

06-27-2014, 10:29 AM
... how can u say no to that.....

06-27-2014, 10:43 AM
... how can u say no to that.....

Because like it says in the article he can get more years and more money by waiting until free agency next year.

Dade County
06-27-2014, 12:29 PM
Don't fall for it LaMarcus...

It's not coincidence that your team had an amzing year, when everyone knew you wanted to leave.

Force the league to make it that you advance to the WCF this time around before you sign anything...lmao

06-27-2014, 12:38 PM
By playing out the year, he puts pressure on the Blazers to improve the bench and he has the potential to extract another year of max salary.

By signing it he locks in another 5 years of max salary but loses a lot of leverage in terms of getting help on the roster in the off season. It also locks him into Portland (so no chance of going to a big market or contending team if something goes wrong). That and it ties up the Portland roster's salary for 5 full years, limiting the options for the team in terms of strengthening the roster.

Tough call, especially considering that he's now 28 years old and just hitting his prime. 5 years would take him to 34, 33 if he opts out in year 4 of the extension. He's unlikely to get another max contract at the age of 33 or 34.

I might be tempted to wait and see how the season plays out, then go into FA. Then if you aren't crazy about what you see, you can ask for a 1+1 player option (taking him to 30 years old if he exercises his option) and puts him in the position of getting a max that takes him to the age of 35 or 36, or restructuring his contract for less money if he feels he needs more help, or to bolt for another city if he doesn't like the direction of the franchise.

I guess it depends whether LMA cares more about security or flexibility.

06-27-2014, 12:38 PM
He isn't worth over 20 million per year though.

06-27-2014, 12:55 PM

06-27-2014, 01:56 PM
When you're a big (increased chance of injury), on the Portland Trail Blazers (super increased chance of injury), specialize in long twos (increased chance of everyone hating you if you hit a shooting slump), and are already on a good young team that could compete for years to come, you should probably take the 5 yr max deal when it's on the table.

That's just one man's opinion though.

06-27-2014, 02:01 PM
I really don't think he's a lock to stay. The West is so deep and their bench is so thin. Let's say Phoenix keeps Bledsoe, don't they improve by four or five wins for health/continuity reasons? Aren't Dallas and the Lakers going to be significantly better regardless of how they spend their money? Isn't New Orleans a prime breakout prospect with Davis, Evans' improvement later in the year and the addition of Asik? Things are really wonky out West. I think they could easily miss the playoffs and make Aldridge at least consider testing the market.