The day of the NBA Draft is finally upon us.

It's an important day for many teams and especially for the Portland Trail Blazers, it's a day in which a couple more assets will be brought on board in hopes of those chips inching the Trail Blazers one step closer to becoming a contender in the Western Conference.

Wherever and whoever the Trail Blazers select today, this draft should direct them towards that path.

But in Portland, the draft is being overshadowed by the rumors surrounding two-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and his desire to play elsewhere next season.

Does Aldridge want out of Portland? Yes and no, a source close to the 6-10 forward informed CSNNW.com.

If Portland doesn't have plans to drastically improve its roster in time for the 2013-14 NBA season, Aldridge would prefer to be moved, and his first choice would be Chicago, the source said.

Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey and Aldridge's representatives met in Chicago last month during the NBA Pre-Draft Combine to discuss the possibilities of moving the power forward, CSNNW.com learned.

Aldridge has always envisioned what his career might have been like if Chicago, the team that drafted him in 2006, actually kept him instead of trading him to Portland for Tyrus Thomas.

It's no secret to why Aldridge has had some of his best performances at the United Center.

“I still have something to prove when I play in Chicago. I just love to play there,” Aldridge told CSNNW.com in March. “Whenever I go back, I want them to know what they are missing out on. To this day, I still take it personal. I hope they know now which power forward they should have held on to.”