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NBA Rumors: Blazers Decline Trade Offer from Cavs for LaMarcus Aldridge

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Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers still don’t know what direction they’ll be going in with the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Cavs have been hesitant to say they’re ready to draft Nerlens Noel or any other player with the top pick for that matter.

Reportedly, Cleveland is open to trading the pick and has already made an offer to the Portland Trail Blazers for All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge according to Marc Stein and Chad Ford of ESPN.com:

What are the Cleveland Cavaliers seeking in exchange for the No. 1 pick? Sources say they reached out to the Portland Trail Blazers in an attempt to land LaMarcus Aldridge for the Nos. 1 and 19 picks. The Blazers quickly rebuffed them.

Although an intriguing deal for the Blazers, Portland remains confident Aldridge and Damian Lillard are two players the team can build around moving forward. Turning down two high first-round draft picks is a testament to how much they value Aldridge, but that stance could change leading up to the draft on Thursday night.

With the Cavs continuing to weigh their options in the coming days, more trade rumors involving the first overall pick in the draft will likely surface. Aldridge would’ve been the ideal fit alongside fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, but there’s plenty of other teams out there that might be interested in receiving two high draft picks in exchange for an All-Star-caliber player.

Other teams that are reportedly looking to make moves before or during the NBA Draft are the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves. One of the six teams mentioned may be willing to explore trade options with the Cavs.

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