It's the NBA trade rumor that just won't die. The one we've been told never existed. And the one, genuine or feigned, that isn't going anywhere until the Portland Trails Blazers figure out just what the hell it is they're doing.
Of course, we're making reference to LaMarcus Aldridge, who, depending on the day, rumor and what he had for lunch, either wants to stay in Portland or get as far away from the Blazers as possible.
Grantland's Zach Lowe posits that dealing the All-Star forward is an avenue Portland is content not to explore. Owner Paul Allen detests the concept of rebuilding, and Aldridge helps bridge the gap between lottery dweller and potential playoff team.
But because the Blazers aren't assured of that postseason berth, Lowe admits they'll have to keep their options open as the summer of 2015 draws nearer. It's then that Aldridge is set to become an unrestricted free agent, at which point he can sign elsewhere while leaving Portland with nothing.
Cases can be made for either side of the coin, no matter which version of the story you subscribe to. And we're here to play up that versatility.
There's no better way to issue a verdict than by confronting every possible consequence either decision stands to parent.