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The door hasn't been shut on LaMarcus Aldridge playing in the 2016 Olympics, according to the director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo.

It had been assumed that Aldridge may have basically forfeited his spot on the 2016 team after withdrawing from the 2014 FIBA World Cup due to rest purposes, but that may not be the case. "It's not absolutely shut, but it's premature to talk about the Olympics two years from now when for whatever reason, he turned down another opportunity," Jerry Colangelo said. "That's just reality. I never close the door completely. I keep my options open. It was a surprise that he pulled out, but I never shut the door entirely on anyone." Whether or not he plays in the 2016 Olympics is a topic for a later day, but fantasy owners have to be excited that Aldridge is focused on the 2014-15 season.

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LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly told USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo that he was unavailable for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

That's unfortunate as Aldridge was a lock to make the team. Aldridge had a career season last year, compiling impressive averages of 23.2 points, and 11.1 rebounds, both career-highs. This isn't the first time that Aldridge has withdrawn his name from competing for Team USA, and it's possible that this will cost him his opportunity to audition for Team USA's Olympic squad.

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LaMarcus Aldridge said that he'll wait until next summer to sign a contract extension with the Trail Blazers.

"I'm happy to stay [in Portland], happy to be here, happy with the direction the team has gone the last year or two," Aldridge said. "But I just want to get a five-year deal. I feel like that's the best decision on my part." By waiting until next season, Aldridge would be come eligible for a five-year, $108 million deal from Portland, which is more than any other team could offer. He said he aims to be the "best Blazer [player] ever," which is music to the ears of Blazers fans.

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The Blazers front office is working on a max contract extension for All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.

The Blazers are preparing a five-year, $108M contract extension that will be available for Aldridge once he hits free agency in 2015. With big market teams such as the Knicks already looking at Aldridge as a possible free agent acquisition, it seems like a wise move for the Blazers to try and sign him long term. He set career highs in points, rebounds, and free throw percentage in his eight year in Portland.

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LaMarcus Aldridge is unlikely to sign a contract extension this summer and will likely become a free agent after the 2015 season.

It's a no-brainer decision for Aldridge not to take an extension here because he would make a lot more money as a free agent in 2015. In fact, a three-year extension would result in a deal of $55.5 million, but a five-year deal as a free agent next summer could be a max deal for $127.3 million. He'll be the frontcourt focal point next season and remains one of the best power forwards in the NBA.

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LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points, 10 rebounds and a block in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Spurs, ending the Blazers' season.

Nicolas Batum had 10 points, 12 boards, five assists and a steal on 3-of-9 shooting, Robin Lopez added 12 points and nine rebounds, Damian Lillard had 17 points and 10 assists, and Wesley Matthews chipped in with 14 points. The Blazers got very little production from their bench in the regular season and playoffs, and it will be Terry Stotts' and the Blazers' brass top priority in the offseason. The Blazers were a fun team to watch and Aldridge and Lillard got some great experience in the postseason, but their season is now officially in the books.

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LaMarcus Aldridge made 6-of-23 from the field for 16 points with 10 boards, three assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers in Game 2's loss to the Spurs.

Tiago Splitter has put a blanket on Aldridge and has cut down the open mid-range jumpers -- his bread and butter. Splitter did a similar thing to fellow mid-range maestro Dirk Nowitzki in the first round, so the Blazers may have to get him the ball in different spots. He was 12-of-25 from the field in Game 1 and the Blazers will need to pull out a win at home on Saturday.

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LaMarcus Aldridge hit 12-of-25 shots for 32 points, 14 rebounds and two steals in Tuesday's Game 1 blowout loss to the Spurs.

Damian Lillard added 17 points and three assists, but the Blazers were never in this game and will have to figure out a new game plan after tonight's 116-92 loss.

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LaMarcus Aldridge struggled with his shot and was unable to get open looks inside against Dwight Howard, hitting just 3-of-12 shots for eight points, eight rebounds, two steals and four blocks in Wednesday's Game-5 loss to the Rockets.

LMA has been outstanding in this series, but never got it going tonight, and the Rockets were able to control the lead for most of the evening. Wesley Matthews scored 18 points in the third quarter when the Blazers made it a game, but Portland wasn't able to do much of anything in the game's final five minutes. Matthews finished with 27 points, Nicolas Batum had 15 and a full stat line, Robin Lopez had 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, and Damian Lillard played well with 26 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three 3-pointers in the loss. The Blazers have a 3-2 lead heading into Friday's Game 6 in Portland and will need more from Aldridge if they're going to avoid going back to Houston for Game 7.

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LaMarcus Aldridge led all scorers with 29 points on 12-of-23 shooting in the Blazers' overtime win on Sunday, adding 10 rebounds, two steals, four blocks and only one turnover.

In an unusually compelling first round of the playoffs, Blazers vs. Rockets may be the most entertaining series of them all. This was the third overtime in four games and it ended with Mo Williams getting chippy with the Rockets as they walked off the court, setting the stage for an epic must-win game for the Rockets in Houston on Wednesday. To win they'll have to slow down Aldridge, who is averaging 35.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in the playoffs.