With the San Antonio Spurs struggling, there’s a possibility that they will want to move on from power forward LaMarcus Aldridge later in the season. Frank Urbina of HoopsHype takes a look at Aldridge’s value around the league, and touches on a potential trade to his original team, the Portland Trail Blazers:
As far as teams that could pop up as potential Aldridge suitors, HoopsHype asked various NBA executives for their thoughts on the matter, and one of the first landing spots that was mentioned was a familiar team for the big man: “The Portland Trail Blazers could make sense,” a Western Conference exec told us. “Would Portland give up Hassan Whiteside plus Zach Collins or a pick?” Portland did start the season off quite slowly, but after the addition of Carmelo Anthony, who is averaging 17.7 points and shooting 37 percent from three for the Blazers and now mans the 4-spot for them while on a minimum contract, they might be less inclined to make the potentially expensive move for Aldridge since they’re getting so much value out of Anthony’s deal. Plus, losing Whiteside’s defensive prowess and switching to a starting frontcourt of Anthony and Aldridge would force the Blazers to score 125-plus points per game in order to win, since it would be one of the weaker defensive 4-5 combinations in the league.
Would you deal for Aldridge with Anthony playing well so far? If so, what would you give up? Let us know in the comments!