It’s easy to forget where it all started for LaMarcus Aldridge. Before finding his way onto the Spurs, he was the shining star of Rip City and a teammate of Damian Lillard.
Together, the two had some great runs but obviously never went all the way, with Aldridge electing to move to San Antonio back in 2015. Still, there might be an opportunity for another go at things if Aldridge is serious about a potential return to the Blazers.
As the seven-time All-Star told The Athletic’s Jason Quick, the idea of a reunion in Portland is something he has already discussed with his former teammate.
“I keep telling him I’m going to come back and finish [in Portland],” Aldridge said. “That’s something him and I have talked about—playing together again.”
A return to the Trailblazers is something that will have to wait unless the Spurs decide to trade him there. After signing a four-year, $84.1 million contract with the Spurs in 2015, he agreed on a two-year, $50 million extension in October 2017, putting him in San Antonio through the 2020-21 season.
That sets the potential return for the 2021 offseason. Aldridge would be about 35, and things could look very different, but it’d be a sight to see nonetheless. When Aldridge left the team in 2015, he passed the torch on to Lillard. And as the star guard now approaches Aldridge on the Blazers All-Time scoring list, it seems he did not waste the opportunity.
No doubt, seeing the two pair up again, like old times, would be a treat for the fans. Understanding how they were then, and considering how each has developed since their split would make things interesting. Let’s just hope that this time, they can finish what they were supposed to have earned all those years ago.