THE San Antonio Spurs are reportedly hot in talks with at least three teams, offering LaMarcus Aldridge in a deal for a top-10 pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
League sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Michael C. Wright that the Spurs, who owned the 29th pick and the 59th overall selection in the draft, wanted to trade up and nab a top prospect for a change and has offered Aldridge in return.
Aldridge remains in contract after signing a four-year, $85 million deal in 2015 with a player option after the 2017-2018 season, and the Spurs are working to get something in return for the 31-year-old forward now than lose him to free agency next year.
Another source told San Antonio Express-News’ Jabari Young that San Antonio has felt that ‘it’s time to move on’ especially after Aldridge submitted career-lows in scoring and efficiency in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. In the Spurs sweep to the Warriors, Aldridge just averaged 11.3 points on 38.5% shooting with 5.3 rebounds.
The Express-News report also disclosed that one possibility for a trade is a return to Portland, while mentioning that the Phoenix Suns, who own the fourth pick, could also be a possible partner for a deal for Aldridge.
The Phoenix possibility also had weight given that Arizona Sports 98.7 first broke the news of talks between the Spurs and other teams in a deal for Aldridge.