Spurs Trading LaMarcus Aldridge To Celtics, Bulls Or Suns?
Are the Spurs trading LaMarcus Aldridge to the Celtics, Bulls or Suns?
Aldridge is currently in the midst of his 14th NBA season and will likely be moved at some point sooner rather than later.
San Antonio currently sits at 6-11 through 17 games and appears to be primed for big changes.
Aldridge is averaging 18.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game – down from 21.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last year.
While it is clear that the Spurs and Aldridge will inevitably part ways at some point, the big question is now: where will he go?
Boston makes a lot of sense for several reasons.
First and foremost, they can put together an attractive package based around Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, Daniel Theis and a 1st round pick. Presumably Rudy Gay would be part of the deal, too.
Beyond just makings sense from a personnel standpoint, the deal would also noticeably improve both teams.
The Celtics are very weak up front, and Aldridge would immediately fill that hole. San Antonio, meanwhile, would get a piece in Hayward to build around and a good all-around role player that would perfectly fit into their system.
If not Boston, Chicago would make a lot of sense as well.
The Bulls could offer up some combination of Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison.
San Antonio would get a young talent to build around in LaVine, and the Bulls would have a solid veteran presence to lead their young stars like Coby White and Lauri Markkanen.
It would be a win on all sides.
Finally, don’t sleep on Phoenix. The Suns could offer up some combination of Tyler Johnson, Mikal Bridges, Dario Saric, Aron Baynes and a 1st round pick.
As one of the surprise good teams in the league this year, the Suns legitimately look like they could make a playoff push. An offensively-gifted big like Aldridge could be exactly what they need to get over the top.
San Antonio, meanwhile, would get a ton of young talent to star the inevitably rebuilding process that they will need to embark on regardless of what happens with Gregg Popovich.