LaMarcus Aldridge on leaving Blazers: ‘It’s not true’

LaMarcus Aldridge last year turned down a 3-year deal from the Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, is defended by Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, is defended by Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — LaMarcus Aldridge says he’s not leaving the Portland Trail Blazers, after an earlier report from ESPN indicated he would do so.

Aldridge reportedly told Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey “It’s not true,” according to a tweet from the Blazers’ account.

Earlier Thursday, ESPN reported Aldridge would likely leave the Portland Trail Blazers now that he is a free agent.

Wednesday’s trade of forward Nicolas Batum was an indication, league sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, of Portland’s growing belief that Aldridge is poised to leave in free agency.

“He’s gone,” a source close to Aldridge said. “There’s a 99.9 percent chance that he’s out of Portland.”

On July 9, 2014, Aldridge told KOIN 6 News he wanted to be a Blazer for his whole career.

Aldridge publicly stated at that time he would not sign with the Blazers in a 3-year deal, but will instead sign a 5-year deal next year for the maximum amount of $108 million.

“I was honored to have them offer me the maximum, but I am looking to be here a long time,” Aldridge told KOIN 6 News.

“As of now,” he said at that time, he planned to sign the deal with the Blazers next summer and not test the free-agent waters.

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