San Antonio Spurs: Three Potential Landing Spots for LaMarcus Aldridge
With the NBA trade deadline only 2 weeks away from now, many teams are looking to make moves now to either shed cap space or acquire one more player for a playoff run. With news coming out that the San Antonio Spurs are looking to move on from LaMarcus Aldridge, there should be a pretty high demand for him.
There are quite a few teams lacking an inside presence like LaMarcus Aldridge, and if they want to have a better chance at getting a ring, should consider trading for him. In this article, I will be going over the 3 teams that should make a trade for Aldridge. I will also go over the reasons they could use his skill set in the playoffs or otherwise.
Ever since the 2012-2013 season, the Celtics have lacked a true inside presence that can get rebounds every time. Kevin Garnett is the last. The main issue being they have four centers on the roster already in Daniel Theis, Tristan Thompson, Robert Williams, and Tacko Fall. Clearly, another center is not the way to go, but rather trying to bring in a power forward purely for inside scoring and rebounding. Running a lineup of Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, LaMarcus Aldridge, and either Thompson or Theis would likely work out pretty well.
The other reason this could work out for Boston is it allows them to have another player move to be a depth piece off the bench. Their depth is lacking at times and really struggles to continue upon what the starting 5 begins with. With the ability to have this type of depth at the PF and C positions, it would allow Brad Stevens to create new rotations that fit better with the style of how he runs the team.
The Sacramento Kings have been struggling for the past few seasons to really get their feet planted and make a run to the deep playoffs. While they have quite a few issues outside the frontcourt, they would likely not be opposed to adding a true inside presence to play alongside Richaun Holmes and Hassan Whiteside. The scoring abilities of De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, the spacing and playmaking of Tyrese Haliburton, and the rebounding abilities of LaMarcus Aldridge and Whiteside would definitely make for a formidable team.
Another thing to consider is the Kings could counteract the contract of LaMarcus Aldridge, with that of Harrison Barnes, so money-wise it would be relatively even (provided he is traded). It would also be worth considering the return of Marvin Bagley III in this, as Aldridge playing alongside him would also be an extremely high-level frontcourt for the Kings to work with.
Finally, we have last year’s championship runner up, the Miami Heat. This season they have died down a little bit, but are still above .500 and competing in the East. As of today they have quite a few injuries they are battling through. The list includes:
- Goran Dragic (Day-to-day, lower back spasms)
- Gabe Vincent (Day-to-day, right knee soreness)
- Andre Iguodala (Day-to-day, hip)
- Udonis Haslem (Out, Covid-19 protocols)
- Avery Bradley (Out, Calf)
Missing two of their major contributors in the backcourt (Bradley and Dragic) at the moment is definitely a negative for the team. However strengthening their frontcourt for their potential playoff run should definitely be worth looking into, as their guard depth is already phenomenal. Bringing in LaMarcus Aldridge to put alongside Bam Adebayo at PF and C rotating would definitely be worth exploring for Miami. The spacing of Bam alongside the true grit and grind of Aldridge would make for an extremely versatile frontcourt that could definitely bring them further in the playoffs.
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