In a report on Bleacher Report, Ric Bucher suggests that the Dallas Mavericks could have the upper hand over in-state rival San Antonio when it comes to the possibility of signing LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency.
Of his potential suitors, league sources indicate that the Mavericks are the biggest threat to pull Aldridge away from the Blazers, but it's the general idea of returning to Texas, not a specific destination, that appeals to him. Both the Mavericks and Spurs, of course, could have the requisite cap space, reputation of success and location.
Both also may not be perfect fits. Several sources have indicated that the Spurs, for whatever reason, are either off his list or not very high on it. And the question concerning Dallas is: Does an aging Dirk Nowitzki truly give him a better chance of competing for a title? Dallas, sources say, is clearly interested, but where he sits on its priority list is not clear.
Take this with a grain of salt as Bucher's entire post is highly speculative. He spins a yarn about Aldridge possibly not being satisfied with his role within the Trail Blazers organization and the weather in Portland as being reasons he could leave in free agency.
Aldridge is on Dallas' short list of free agent targets this summer. Many see him as a logical replacement for Dirk Nowitzki in the starting lineup based on their similar offensive skills. However, signing Aldridge to a max contract poses its own challenges. Our own Hal Brown has all of the Mavericks' salary cap information in a free agent primer here.
While the Mavericks are interested, saying that they are "frontrunners" to lure him away from Portland is pure rumor. As free agency draws nearer, expect more rumors of this ilk to surface. Frankly, I prefer Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.