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Stein: Miami Favorite To Land LaMarcus Aldridge If Bought Out

Aldridge could be heading to the Miami Heat if the Spurs can’t secure a trade.

NBA: Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs are working the phones to find a deal for veteran big man LaMarcus Aldridge. But if a deal for the former Portland Trail Blazers leader fails to appear, the Miami Heat looks best placed to land Aldridge, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. Stein highlighted the interest in his Looming Trade Frenzy newsletter.

A big week looms for the Miami Heat, who continue to strongly covet Kyle Lowry via trade and who league sources increasingly peg as the most likely landing spot for LaMarcus Aldridge — provided San Antonio can’t find an Aldridge trade before Thursday’s deadline and buys him out.

Earlier this month, the Spurs announced that it had mutually agreed to part way with Aldridge with San Antonio working to find the 15-year veteran a new home. With two days left before the trade deadline, Aldridge is still on the Spurs roster. If a deal can’t be done before 12pm on Thursday, a buyout is most likely with Aldridge able to choose his next team.

Aldridge has previously discussed a possibly return to Portland and a reunion with former teammate Damian Lillard.

In 21 games this season, Aldridge has put up averages of 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists.