After missing the playoffs for the first time since the 1996-97 NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs currently find themselves very much in the playoff picture in the Western Conference, but will have to get there without their veteran forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Wednesday night, Coach Gregg Popovich spoke to the media before their game against the Dallas Mavericks and informed everyone that Aldridge would no longer be with the Spurs organization.
Both the veteran forward and the Spurs will be working for ways to move Aldridge, whether it be via trade or through a buyout agreement, but Aldridge has played his final game in a Spurs uniform and will look to continue his career elsewhere. He has become one of the top names to watch in NBA trade rumors as the deadline approaches.
This is big news in the league because while he is 35-years old, he is still an impactful player and someone who can help numerous playoff caliber teams this year immediately. A handful of teams have reportedly already reached out to San Antonio about what they are looking to receive in return for Aldridge, but no deal seems to be on the horizon quite yet.
All-in-all, LaMarcus Aldridge will likely be moved before the NBA trade deadline and the Miami Heat are a very realistic trade destination for the 7x All-Star. Not only do they have a need for another big man like Aldridge, but the Heat have struggled this year after just making the NBA Finals a season ago.
Miami is currently 18-18 and in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, but if they are to potentially make it back to the NBA Finals and defend their Eastern Conference Championship, then they will have to add more talent around Butler and Adebayo. As a result, LaMarcus Aldridge could be a veteran player they target and this is the best trade they could potentially offer the Spurs for him.