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Aldridge's contract will expire at the end of next season, making him an unrestricted free agent in his prime.
Grantland's Zach Lowe wrote in August that there was an abundance of rumors suggesting Aldridge might be traded before being given the chance to leave, but the Blazers made a strong case as the ideal destination for the big man.
Amid news that Aldridge had been in Dallas at the end of last season, many presumed he was looking to leave Portland and start anew in his hometown.
That was understandable given the Blazers' 33-49 record, but it's a different case after this season's surprise run.
Portland came together and played as a team, its players relying on each other down the stretch to break into the postseason. It marked the first time since the 1999-00 season that the Blazers got out of the first round and they have a very promising future.
Aldridge's $16 million deal finishes at the end of next season, but Portland will have plenty of cap space to try and re-sign the All-Star. Just $13.1 million is guaranteed on the Blazers' payroll for the 2015-16 season, while the options of Lillard, Robinson and McCollum could all be picked up.
Even if that were the case, there would still be an adequate amount of space under the cap to offer Aldridge a max-level deal.
The Blazers made significant progress this season, have a strong system in place and are committed to letting the big man run things. Even with the progress of Lillard's development, Aldridge remained No. 7 in usage rate compared to the point guard's rate (tied for No. 32).
Every star player wants the ball in their hands, a contract to pay their worth and a winning team. Aldridge can net all three by re-signing in Rip City.
Portland put it all out there this season, and it's a beneficial situation for both sides to remain together.
Next season will ultimately play a role, but if this season was any indication, the Blazers can repeat their efforts and contend—convincing their All-Star in Aldridge to stay all the while.
Salary information courtesy of ShamSports.