LaMarcus Aldridge, the San Antonio Spurs forward, is likely to be traded in the near future, according to several reliable league sources.
Aldridge has a player option for the 2018-19 season. Therefore, the Spurs could get quite a lot in return for Aldridge since the All-Star has at least two full seasons left on his contract.
But even more so than the contract situation, Aldridge hasn’t fit into the Spurs offense the way coach Gregg Popovich had hoped, according to senior ESPN insider Jackie MacMullan.
“I think there’s going to be some unusual movement. I think there might be some movement that surprises you,” MacMullan told CSN New England.
“For instance, sources were telling me the other day that LaMarcus Aldridge may not even finish the year with the Spurs. That experiment hasn’t quite worked out the way they’d hoped. I think there’s gonna be a lot of shifting around.
“There’s some things going on … yeah there’s just some stuff going on,” added the senior ESPN reporter.
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Aldridge returned home to Texas and wished to learn under the legendary Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich. The All-Star forward had a relatively good first season with the Spurs but he was a major letdown during the playoffs.
During the Western Conference semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Aldridge shot a mediocre 8/21, 8/18 and 6/21 from the field during Games 3, 4 and 5 as the Spurs surrendered a 2-1 series lead.
FWIW, Spurs sources are denying trade talks involving LaMarcus Aldridge have taken place.
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Aldridge also had his shortcomings on the defensive end. According to Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale, when Leonard played at the 4 with Aldridge slotted in at center, “the Spurs allowed what would have been an Association-worst 111.3 points per 100 possessions.”
With Tim Duncan gone from the starting unit, the Spurs could struggle to protect the rim this season, with neither Pau Gasol nor Aldridge known for their defensive prowess.
Last week, Zach Lowe, too, speculated that LaMarcus Aldridge would likely be traded soon.
Lowe picked the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns. Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder as possible destinations.
Stay tuned for the latest on the LaMarcus Aldridge situation.