NBA Trade Rumors: Will San Antonio Spurs Trade LaMarcus Aldridge Before End Of His Second Season?
Will the No. 12 jersey retire again?
He was signed just 15 months ago but it appears San Antonio Spurs' journey with LaMarcus Aldridge is nearing an end.
Though talks in the league circles suggested that the 31-year-old could be traded if the Spurs find a right alternative, sources in Spurs said no talks have been held with any other team, said a report in mysanantanio.com.
The last time a player who made it to an All-NBA team was traded before the end of the next season was in 2013-14 when Phoenix Suns sent Goran Dragic to Miami Heat.
Returning to Aldridge, is there really a fire even if there is smoke? According to Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.com, a well-known source in the NBA circles, it indeed could happen since the idea of adding Aldridge hasn't delivered as per the Spurs' expectations.
This is not the first time Aldridge's departure from the Spurs is being speculated. Last season, too, it was heard that the power forward could be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers before the All-Star break. It didn't happen though and the issue was overshadowed by the Spurs' good show.
Some insiders felt Aldridge himself is perhaps not happy for while he was recruited last year to become the center of their offense, it didn't turn out that way, thanks to the rise of Kawhi Leonard.
For Aldridge, this is not new though. Even during his days with the Portland Trail Blazers where he spent nine seasons (2006-14), it was said that he was not really amused with Damien Lillard stealing all and left the old association for the Spurs.
But will Aldridge now head to the Boston Celtics? MacMullan doesn't think so. "Not after what I heard the other day I don't. Of course, you would take him on if you could because he's an automatic double-double. But there's just some things about him. There is some stuff going on maybe," she said in a discussion on CSNNE.com.
However, bidding goodbye to Aldridge might not be the solution for the Spurs. For they have more players who are even older than Aldridge (like Manu Ginobili, Pau Gasol and Tony Parker) and hence resetting the team looks a more important task in hand for the Spurs than trading Aldridge.