After missing the playoffs for the first time since the 1996-97 season, the San Antonio Spurs have some major decisions to make as an organization. Both LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan are set to be free agents at the conclusion of the 2020-21 NBA season.
Just last week, the Spurs announced that Aldridge would no longer be with the team as he and the organization work out an agreement for his future in this league. With the NBA trade deadline just a week away now, the Spurs have been receiving calls and interest from numerous teams around the league about the veteran forward and what they are looking to get for him.
San Antonio is likely to trade LaMarcus Aldridge rather than buy him out of his contract at this point and with them receiving interest from various teams in the league, it is expected that Aldridge will be one of the big names on the move at the NBA trade deadline this year.
The Celtics, Heat and Blazers are a few of the playoff-contending teams that have reached out to the Spurs about a possible Aldridge trade, but there are still some other “under-the-radar” teams who have expressed interest in the potential Hall-of-Fame power-forward.
He has missed some time this season due to a lingering hip issue, but the 7x All-Star is still averaging 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and shooting 36% from three-point range, making him a potential key veteran target for many playoff-caliber teams.
No deal is imminent for LaMarcus Aldridge, but plenty of teams will be in the mix for him at the NBA trade deadline this year, so let’s take a look at three teams who could sneak under the NBA trade rumors and wind up acquiring the veteran forward.