Well, after New Orleans Hornets and free-agent power-forward Carl Landry opened up about his intentions of free agency one team on his wish list included the Portland Trail Blazers. While most of us were left scratching our heads, the face of Portland’s franchise, Lamarcus Aldridge, came out to endorse the move.
“That’s big of him to speak out and I’m glad he spoke out and said he wants to play with us,” Aldridge told SLAMonline. “He’s a good player and I definitely feel like he can help us immediately. Landry’s a really good player and good players know how to fit in,” Aldridge said. “Wouldn’t be a problem at all.”
It’s a nice sentiment to see players around the league giving each other props and liking their playing style. Yet, for most of us reality kicks in. Carl Landry has been a successful forward throughout his years in the NBA. He’s never been a particularly highly paid player, but he’s done okay.
The Portland Trail Blazers have the 5th highest Salary total in the entire NBA. How is it then that they are going to pay Landry big dollars, put him behind Aldridge and give him 15-20 minutes a game? Seems like fitting a sqaure piece through a circular hole.
Whatever sense of reality we have it still must be noted that most of these players are still caught up in this lockout-thing. We can excuse them from any sort of incorrect management advice that they have.