LaMarcus Aldridge was a very solid contributor for the Brooklyn Nets during the 2021-22 NBA season.
Despite being 37 years old, Aldridge still averaged nearly 13 points per game while shooting a career-best 55 percent from the field. In addition, he also chipped in 5.5 rebounds per outing.
With his unique skillset and veteran experience, the seven-time All-Star would be a perfect fit with any one of several NBA title contenders.
This week, news emerged that three in particular appear to be a frontrunners for his services.
“Aldridge is 37 now, it would not be a surprise if he decided on retiring,” an NBA executive told insider Sean Deveney. “But he still can score. He still has some value out there. He would be a nice fit in Boston, just as a guy who can knock down some shots and step in when Rob Williams or Horford needs a break.
“[The Milwaukee] Bucks and [Miami] Heat, too. Every team in the East, at the top of the East. Miami needs that one piece, that one big guy to push them over the top. Aldridge could take some of PJ Tucker’s minutes, though he is obviously not on the same level as a defender. But he can shoot it. Miami needs depth there. He’s not going to be a starter, but he can help.”
The Heat were one of three teams that actively courted Aldridge in the past. This could be the perfect opportunity to right that wrong.
Aldridge is someone who has been around the block and has good perspective on what it takes to win in the league. His comment from last year about his biggest career regret was telling. He’s a guy who gets it.
Hopefully the Cardinals can have as good of a year as their coach is having. https://t.co/XZR1eNs4oF
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 3, 2022
Will Aldridge and the Celtics, Heat or Bucks be able to make a deal of some sort come together before the start of the 2022-23 NBA season?
Time will tell.