The San Antonio Spurs are not likely to trade LaMarcus Aldridge any time soon. But If he does become available in the trade market, the Denver Nuggets will be ready to make a bid.
The Spurs signed Aldridge last summer believing he will eventually replace Tim Duncan. The duo’s first and only year together was an adjustment of sorts for Aldridge.
His per game averages went down while sharing front court duties with Duncan. He is expected to bounce back next season, without the five-time NBA champion in the lineup. Duncan announced his retirement back in July.
The Spurs will be counting on Aldridge to be the team’s next great big man. That can quickly change if he continues his shooting slump and streak of injuries. The team can acquire more consistent and durable players in exchange for Aldridge.
ESPN’s Trade Machine accepts a deal involving the 6-foot-11 power forward and Denver Nuggets twosome Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler. Both players have been actively shopped since the start of the offseason.
According to John Hollinger’s analysis, the Spurs will be unaffected by the trade, in terms of the salary cap and player efficiency ratings (PER). Meanwhile, the Nuggets are projected to win +1 game with Aldridge in the roster.
Nugg Love noted that the Nuggets would take the deal in a heartbeat. Aldridge would be a significant upgrade over the team’s present crop of power forwards and centers.
Despite their individual strengths, Faried and Chandler have slid down the Nuggets hierarchy. The franchise is more focused on the future with guys like Emmanuel Mudiay, Jamal Murray, Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jukic. The addition of Aldridge would speed up the rebuilding process, at just the expense of two elite albeit expendable role players.
As for the Spurs, Faried and Chandler give flexibility and athleticism to Gregg Popovich’s offense. Faried has the strength and tenacity to play the center position. Chandler is a two-way player who is consistent on offense and dependable on defense. He can also play the stretch four in a small-ball lineup.