Jason Quick: Aldridge-Trail Blazers Reunion ‘Will Not Be Happening’

Sorry nostalgic folks, LaMarcus Aldridge is not coming back to Portland, according to The Athletic’s Jason Quick.

Quick put the kibosh on the idea rather … well, quickly. Within 90 minutes of news that Aldridge was officially bought out of his contract with San Antonio, Quick tweeted this:

To be fair, it makes sense. Portland doesn’t need what LA provides right now. Kanter is playing really well — 18 points and 16 rebounds against Miami — and Jusuf Nurkić is returning on Friday.

The Blazers need more versatile players. Unfortunately, LA wouldn’t be able to play the four-spot in Terry Stotts current iteration of the team’s playstyle. He could play the five but there’s just no room for him with the two big men already on the roster.

LA can’t really guard at the three-point line, and his back-to-the-basket offensive game is what Nurk and Kanter already do so well.

The “leader in the clubhouse” for Aldridge appears to be Miami. Both Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN) and Shams Charania (The Athletic) mentioned the Heat as a candidate for LA when announcing Aldridge’s buyout.

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