Entering the 2020-21 NBA season, the Portland Trail Blazers had a ton of expectations and were expected to be a team that competes for the top-seed in the Western Conference. While they still have the potential to be a great team and potentially make a run in the postseason, injuries have crippled their chances for success early on in the season.
Zach Collins is expected to be out for the year with an ankle injury, CJ McCollum is still out with a broken foot and starting center Jusuf Nurkic is out for a few more weeks with a broken wrist. This team just cannot catch a break with injuries this year, which has led them to an 18-14 record.
While they have a lot of problems in their frontcourt, Portland currently ranks 11th in the NBA in rebounding and could possibly look to add another frontcourt player near the NBA trade deadline. Enes Kanter has been great for the Blazers, stepping up into a bigger role with Nurkic being out, but they are going to need another reliable option to lean on for production.
Could this potentially mean that the Blazers could be interested in a reunion with LaMarcus Aldridge? The veteran forward spent 9 seasons in Portland before going to San Antonio in 2015 and while he is nothing like his former self, he can still contribute offensively and give the Blazers a boost in their frontcourt.
With him being in the final year of his contract, the Trail Blazers could get him at a small asking price from the Spurs, but they would have to free up a lot of cap space since he is owed $24M this season. This will be something to monitor in NBA trade rumors as the March deadline approaches.
Let’s take a look at a potential trade scenario between Portland and San Antonio involving the potential future Hall-of-Fame forward, LaMarcus Aldridge.