Dirk Nowitzki Reacts To Recruiting LaMarcus Aldridge Next Summer
Being that LaMarcus Aldridge said that he will not sign an extension with the Portland Trail Blazers and will become a free agent in summer of 2015, it’s completely realistic to assume that teams with look to make their offers come July 1. Aldridge seems to be happy in Portland, but as we know, nothing is ever guaranteed, and free agency is an option for a reason.
The Dallas Mavericks would be assumed as a potential suitor for the 6’11 forward and Texas native, and Dirk Nowitzki was asked about his thoughts on possibly recruiting Aldridge next summer.
Dirk’s response, via Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News:
Ease up on that.
I think I’ve showed in my career that I can play with anybody in this league. In some situations, he’s playing the five [center] when they go small, so…
That was all we got in terms of a reaction, but Dirk started to picture it. For the Mavericks to acquire Aldridge would mean a legitimate super team in Dallas and a lethal 4-5 scoring combination in Dirk and Aldridge.
Mark Cuban and the Mavericks aren’t having the best luck in landing the free agents they target (Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony) but if they don’t elevate themselves back to a championship contender this season, we’ll see their pursuit in the free agent market again next summer.