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If Nuggets make big move, Aldridge fits profile

Published: June 27, 2013, 3:25 pm, by Paul Klee

This blog from our friend John Canzano caught my eye today: Blazers should shop LaMarcus Aldridge.

To me, Aldridge is the kind of star who would take the Nuggets where they want to be. He’s a power forward whose numbers are consistently among the best at his position. An argument could be made Aldridge was the best power forward in the league last season. He’s only 27, and I was told back in May that Aldridge wouldn’t mind a change of scenery.

After getting tipped off on the info that Aldridge could be available, that’s why I wrote this on May 25.

What would it take to land a player of Aldridge’s caliber in Denver? Quite a bit. You’re probably looking at a package that includes Danilo Gallinari and/or Javale McGee and/or Kenneth Faried, in some shape or form.

The Blazers won’t let him go without great return. Aldridge is too young, too gifted and too valuable.

This Nuggets roster doesn’t need an overhaul. It does need a tweak here or there. If Aldridge is on the market, it’s worth a look.

One final draft-night thought. Provided there’s no bizarre movement where a top-15 talent drops to the Nuggets, here are one man’s preferences on their move at No. 27:

1. Pierre Jackson, Baylor 2. Isaiah Canann, Murray State 3. Trade out of the first round 4. Allen Crabbe, Cal 5. Ricky Ledo, Providence 6. Trade out of the first round.

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