For the first time since his name was thrust into the trade rumor mill, All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge on Saturday addressed his future with the Trail Blazers.

In an e-mail to The Oregonian, Aldridge said he has not asked to be traded and expressed tempered enthusiasm about the Blazers’ prospects in free agency, which opens July 1.

“I haven’t demanded a trade,” Aldridge said in the e-mail.

The 6-foot-11 power forward, who has played all seven of his NBA seasons with the Blazers and still has two years remaining on a five-year, $65 million contract with the team, declined an interview request to elaborate and detail his thoughts about playing in Portland. But in an e-mail exchange on Saturday, he did offer one more tidbit.

“I’m looking forward to who we sign in free agency to make us better,” Aldridge said in the e-mail.