October 19th 2016 at 12:59pm CST by Luke Adams
On Tuesday, we rounded up a handful of reports which suggested that the possibility of a LaMarcus Aldridge trade during the 2016/17 season isn’t out of the question. According to those reports, Aldridge isn’t believed to be entirely happy with his situation in San Antonio, and the team is open to the idea of moving him.
Just as Tuesday’s Rudy Gay trade rumor resulted in several follow-up and reaction pieces, which we passed along this morning, the Aldridge whispers have led to some additional reporting. Let’s check in on the highlights…
- Spurs sources tell Jeff McDonald and Jabari Young of The San Antonio Express-News that no trade talks involving Aldridge have occurred with any team. Of course, none of Tuesday’s reports claimed that San Antonio had actually engaged in trade discussions yet.
- According to the Express-News duo, league sources believe the Spurs will be tempted to gauge Aldridge’s value on the trade market if the season unexpectedly goes south. The Spurs are still expected to play out the season with their core intact, but might have a change of plans if they don’t feel like a championship is within reach.
- While the Spurs may not be looking to trade Aldridge, the honeymoon period of the marriage is “clearly over,” writes Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders. Kyler hears that Aldridge’s role as Kawhi Leonard‘s wingman may be a source of frustration for the ex-Blazer, since he signed in San Antonio expected to be the primary guy. Still, according to Kyler, no one believes the situation is “combustible” at this point, even if Aldridge’s long-term future in San Antonio isn’t entirely clear.
- If Aldridge isn’t happy in San Antonio, where he’s making north of $20MM per year for a 67-win team, that doesn’t reflect well on him, says Sean Deveney of The Sporting News. However, Deveney notes that the big man hasn’t publicly expressed any dissatisfaction at all.