Will The Spurs Trade Aging All-Star Aldridge For Fresher Legs? Speculations Are Pointing To That Direction
Rumor has it that the five-time NBA champions San Antonio Spurs are considering to put LaMarcus Aldridge on the trading plate before the end of NBA's 2016 - 2017 season.
According to Bleacher Report, despite the recent hefty contract signing worth $80 million, Aldridge could be used as an appealing trade by the Spurs if the five-time All-Star will still have his output strained in the upcoming season.
It was mentioned on the website via ESPN's Jackie MacMullan that insiders from the Spurs management have revealed that the tryout with Aldridge has not really been a positive byproduct as initially planned by the Spurs. Aldridge in his arrival was supposed to be the new franchise player who will score all the offense but it seems unlikely as Kawhi Leonard has also been continuing to rise steadily as a prolific scoring machine.
"Of course, you would take him on if you could because he's an automatic double-double. But there's just some things about him. There is some stuff going on maybe," MacMullan explained the problem during the interview.
During his time with the Portland Trailblazers, the power forward also had the same predicament: sharing the spotlight with point guard Damian Lillard who has now become his former team's marquee player.
Aldridge despite being already in his early 30s; has averaged in the first year of his contract for the Spurs 18 points, 8.5 rebounds in a 51 percent shooting on the hard court. The Spurs could have a greater trade value from him right now or he can opt out when the 2017 -2018 season finishes.
According to CBS Sports, franchises who are in the competition mode as of the moment could work well for both camps. Which would bring to mind the now aggressive Boston Celtics who happen to have the coveted Nets pick with them plus a roster of players in the likes of streak shooting Avery Bradley and gritty small forward Jae Crowder.
A combination of such fresh legs for the now aging Spurs would mean more than just moving forward for the franchise.
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