Portland Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey introduced new guard Mo Williams signed as a free agent this week during a press conference at the Rose Garden on Thursday. A transcript of that press conference will be up shortly.

During the press conference Olshey indicated that All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge was "excited" by Williams' signing. Earlier this summer Olshey indicated that Aldridge was also "pleased" with the addition of Robin Lopez.

Following the press conference Olshey offered this answer to Craig Birnbach of KATU when asked where this summer's LaMarcus Aldridge trade rumors come from.

Where do LaMarcus Aldridge trade rumors come from?

"I think it comes from all you [media] -- everybody fighting to be first with inaccurate information. I can tell you LaMarcus Aldridge you guys have known him longer than I have. And if he had asked to be traded he would have told people that he asked to be traded. He never asked to be traded.

"The fact that I had breakfast in a hotel lobby with [Arn Tellem] one of my oldest and best friends who I worked with for seven years who also represents Robin Lopez and Dorell Wright along with LaMarcus Aldridge probably doesn't lead to the fact that we're trying to trade LaMarcus Aldridge.

"But you know like I said it's part of the business. LaMarcus understands it. He ignores it. If [Aldridge requesting a trade] was the case we'd be dealing with it. It's not. He's happy.

"I think last year was a tough year for everybody. Portland is not a market that accepts losing. We'd tried not to rebuild but we always tried to be somewhat judicious in terms of how much future flexibility we gave away. To be honest with you that's the results of this offseason. Had we done more minor moves and put more assets in play moved more draft picks there wouldn't have been a [Thomas] Robinson or a Robin Lopez. If we had given long-term deals to guys we weren't totally sure on there wouldn't have been a Mo Williams today.