Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a sprained right ankle, suffered Wednesday Night against the Jazz, the club has confirmed. Aminu had been off to a pretty nice start to the season, averaging 9.4 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game in the first eight games of the season. He had also been shooting a career-high 43% on threes in that small sample size, which had been a very welcome sign to the Blazers because Aminu has really struggled in the past on outside shooting but him shooting better this year had helped open up the offense.
Where Aminu will really be missed for these few weeks is on the defensive end of the floor. The teams defense is significantly better when Aminu is on the floor because of his length, athleticism and versatility. Noah Vonleh will take over that starting role while Aminu is out and Vonleh might have eventually become the starting four because that was his role late last season and he was just coming back from an injury.
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Blazers’ Damian Lillard Requests Meeting With Paul Allen
“In fact, Lillard may have already requested a follow-up meeting with owner Paul Allen, the source indicated. Apparently, the source said, Lillard’s agent Aaron Goodwin is whispering as much. If so, great. Because Goodwin might seize on the good news and utilize Thursday’s All-NBA announcement to push that Allen-Lillard meeting into fruition.”
This meeting follows a January meeting between the two in which they discussed the future of the franchise.
“The two-time All-Star made it clear, though, that he has championship aspirations and wanted to fulfill those lofty goals during the remaining years of his prime window” ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported at the time.
LaMarcus Aldridge Reached Out To Damian Lillard About Trade To Blazers
San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly reached out to former Portland Trail Blazers teammate Damian Lillard regarding a return to Rip City, according to Bleacher Report’s Ken Berger.
Aldridge reached out before Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich addressed the situation with Aldridge.
Per the report, Aldridge asked Lillard to talk with Blazers general manager Neil Olshey about calling San Antonio to discuss a possible trade that would land him back with the Blazers.
“You can never say done because everybody thought that the Aldridge thing was over and that there was no chance to salvage that,” a source said. “Pop went in and smoothed it over. You can’t underestimate the power of the Pop in these situations.”
Popovich said, back in January, that Aldridge requested a trade last offseason, but didn’t say which teams were mentioned in the conversation.
After Popovich addressed the situation with Aldrridge, the forward went on to have his best season in San Antonio, averaging 23.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 blocks last season.
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