Former All-Star Dallas Mavericks could trade for cheap: 3. LaMarcus Aldridge
The Spurs are one of the most interesting teams to watch at the deadline. They have an aging roster with four key rotation players set to become unrestricted free agents at season’s end. Does San Antonio want to hand out massive money to four players in their early to mid-30s to keep their core together? Do the Spurs trade Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills, and/or Rudy Gay before the trade deadline?
The situation is complicated because they currently sit fifth in the Western Conference. San Antonio has already beaten both Los Angeles teams, the Blazers, Nuggets, and Warriors. Gregg Popovich has them back in the hunt and looking dangerous.
LaMarcus Aldridge has struggled a bit this season. He averages 14.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in just 26.5 minutes per game. Aldridge is still a talented player, but his minutes must be watched closely. The 35-year-old could be on the block as the Spurs search for ways to get younger, while still developing their current core.
Keep an eye on San Antonio. They could be the sneaky teams that shifts the trade market in either direction. It would be difficult to sell given their record. The Spurs decision-makers will be faced with several difficult ones before the trade deadline. Stay tuned.
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