Long-overdue talk between Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge sparks potential reunion
Former teammates LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard recently had a conversation to patch things up, after their pairing with the Portland Trail Blazers ended prematurely due to several misunderstandings.
This immediately sparked speculations about them possibly teaming up anew. In an interview with Jason Quick of The Athletic, Aldridge didn’t seem to close the door on the idea of him and Lillard playing together again:
“You never know. But of course, if we had a better relationship, it changes the whole outlook of how it went. It’s sad that not talking like we do now could have changed history. But everything happens for a reason. He has flourished in that role, and I keep telling him I’m going to come back and finish there. That’s something him and I have talked about — playing together again.”
Since leaving the Blazers back in 2015, Aldridge has played with the San Antonio Spurs. Lillard took the responsibility of leading Portland to success when he left. However, both haven’t been able to lead their team to a championship, with the Spurs getting as far as the Western Conference Finals (2017) and the Blazers getting constantly knocked out in either the first or second round.
Aldridge, 33, signed a four-year extension with the Spurs last summer, which means he won’t become a free agent until 2022. He will be 37 years old by then.
It is unclear if the Blazers will still entertain the idea of signing Aldridge after three years, but just the thought of pairing him with Lillard while he still has enough left in the tank is something that should excite Blazers fans.