The Boston Celtics are hoping to get back into contention for a championship in the next year or two and are always looking to improve their roster. After adding star big man Al Horford this offseason in free agency, the Celtics have the pieces to make a trade for a big name if one should hit the trade market.
According to a report from Jabari Young of MySanAntonio.com, the San Antonio Spurs could be open to trading LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge is reportedly unhappy with his role in San Antonio and could ask for a trade before the trade deadline. Boston is one of the teams with the best assets to make a deal with the Spurs, although some wonder whether the move would be worth the price.
Last season with the Spurs, Aldridge ended up averaging 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. He shot 51.3 percent from the field overall and knocked down 85.8 percent of his free-throw attempts. Aldridge is a superstar quality player and the Spurs would be asking for a high price in return.
At 31-years-old, any team that acquires Aldridge would be bringing in a player that they could build around. There are plenty of teams that could use a big man with the skill-set and production that Aldridge can put up, but if he is beginning to show an attitude there will be some teams scared away.
San Antonio signed Pau Gasol in free agency this past offseason after Tim Duncan retired. Pairing Gasol and Aldridge in the frontcourt together is a move that many thought would make the Spurs a dangerous contender for the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference.
All of that being said, could the Celtics make a move for Aldridge at some point ahead of the trade deadline?
Brad Stevens is one of the best coaches in the NBA and would be ecstatic to have a talent like Aldridge on the team. Boston would be able to pair Aldridge with Horford, which would be a scary duo in the East.
Adding a scoring threat like Aldridge to the starting lineup would help take pressure off of All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas. Thomas couldn’t be more excited about the team that the Celtics have put together and adding a borderline superstar like Aldridge would finish off a perfect assortment of moves.
Report: Spurs could trade LaMarcus Aldridge, who’s not fitting as well as they hoped https://t.co/hnEHJFBzCp— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) October 18, 2016
Looking ahead at the Eastern Conference, it is hard to predict where teams will end up when everything is said and done.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are obviously favored to win the Eastern Conference once again. After the Cavaliers, teams like the Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, and Toronto Raptors are going to be battling for playoff seeding. Many believe that the Pacers and Bulls are teams to watch when it comes to competing with the Cavaliers, but adding Aldridge would immediately vault the Celtics up to being favored at No. 2 in the conference.
It will be interesting to see what other teams get in the mix if the Spurs are legitimately shopping Aldridge in trade talks.
One team that could make a run at Aldridge is the Phoenix Suns, who desperately tried to sign him last offseason in free agency. Aldridge ended up choosing the Spurs, although it sounds like he regrets that decision now. Perhaps the Portland Trail Blazers could try to acquire Aldridge and bring him back to where he started his career.
While no major trade rumors have come out to this point, it does sound like the Spurs would consider a deal involving Aldridge if the right trade package is offered.
Expect to hear plenty of rumors come out in the next few weeks and closer to the trade deadline if he isn’t moved before then. Aldridge is one of the best big men in the NBA and very rarely does that kind of talent become available. Boston may not end up getting him, but they would make perfect sense.
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