He has played just a solitary season for the franchise, yet there are already rumours surfacing from the San Antonio Express News that the Spurs could be willing to trade LaMarcus Aldridge this year.
The superstar power forward was the marquee free agent of the 2015 class and was heavily recruited by the Spurs, however, the move has not appeared to have run as smoothly as the franchise had hoped.
Aldridge performed relatively well in his opening season, but the Spurs suffered defensively when he was on the floor, particularly without Tim Duncan, who retired this summer, alongside him.
Just last week ESPN’s highly regarded NBA writer Zach Lowe predicted that Aldridge’s name could come up in the trade conversation as the Spurs could move him to bring in a number of assets who could be in line to lead their team with Kawhi Leonard for years to come.
Herein lies San Antonio’s problem, Aldridge is 31, and barring any rapid improvement, the team would likely concede they are a step behind the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Therefore, we could see Aldridge, who was close to joining a number of other teams last summer, have his time at the Spurs come to an abrupt end.
It is also notable to add that some sources around the league are credited with not expecting LMA to continue in San Antonio past his opt-out timeframe in the summer of 2018. Of course, this is not to say that the Spurs will make a hurried move in any sense.
The franchise are well aware that any slip-up or injury crisis in Golden State could give them a clear path to the NBA Finals, and they will explore every avenue before their final decision.