Aldrige and DeRozan Trade Scenarios
The Spurs' early-season woes have forced the golden standard of NBA franchises to consider rebuilding, something that is as foreign in San Antonio as bad barbeque. The pristine franchise has been dominant for the last few decades and is finally getting their turn to have a work-free April.
Their lack of three-point shooting and a clogged midrange game is to blame. Whether it is poor construction of the roster or mediocre execution on the court, pieces in San Antonio should be moved.
A combination of dealing both DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge to the same team seems unlikely due to their San Antonio hardships. Yet, in today’s NBA, you can never say never.
DeRozan has a player option after this season, so this does affect his trade value quite a bit. Yet, after Toronto’s success on their one-year rental with Kawhi Leonard, teams may be less hesitant than expected to pull the trigger on the four-time All-Star.
One potential landing spot for DeRozan could be the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks need more offensive weapons and San Antonio needs young pieces to build around. Atlanta has dropped 4 of their last 5 and moved to 6-20 on the season. Their promising young core can use some veteran leadership.
Perhaps in Atlanta, DeMar could function in a paint that is not clogged with Aldrige. Trae Young and others provide 3-point shooting that will provide all the floor spacing DeMar needs. To accommodate the salary for DeMar’s expensive contract, Atlanta would need to send a piece such as Evan Turner to San Antonio. A possible trade scenario could look like this:
The trade works out well for both teams as San Antonio receives 21 year old Kevin Huerter and a 2nd round pick. While Atlanta receives the potential key to their ice cold offense.
Another possible landing scenario comes via Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. The Orlando Magic could be a possible suitor for DeRozan. The Magic are another team in need of a superstar to be in Eastern Conference contention. Once again, DeMar’s large salary would require expensive pieces to be moved. His player option after this year also decreases his value, but the Spurs would be looking for young pieces and draft picks.
Evan Fournier is also on the last year of his deal, and is owed $17 million dollars this year. This swapping of shooting guards would also cost a young piece such as Markelle Fultz.. With a perennial all star coming in, and a team hungry to place higher than 8th in the Eastern Conference, Orlando looks like a legit home for DeMar DeRozan, a trade scenario could look like this:
Next up, Aldridge:
A homecoming for Aldridge does not seem too far fetched, as the Portland Trail Blazers are arguably one piece away from being in serious playoff contention, and the organization wants to win right now. Luckily for the Spurs, the Trail Blazers have many young guys and possible trade pieces. To get the deal done while taking salaries into play, Portland would have to ship Hassan Whiteside as well. The only way this trade would go through is if San Antonio was all aboard on the tanking ship, because dealing your all-star to a conference foe seems unlikely for Popovich to okay. A possible trade scenario for Aldridge could look something like this:
In this scenario, Portland gets their win-now piece, and adds to a scary starting five. San Antonio receives a young piece in 24-year-old Mario Hezonja, a much needed rim protector, and a 1st round pick.
Another potential landing spot for Aldridge could be the Sacramento Kings, in need of veteran leadership to develop their big man Marvin Bagley. The Kings have many young pieces to complete the deal, but once again it comes down to the willingness of the Spurs. Only if they decide to tank will this deal go through, trading Aldrige to a team that could give them a run for the final spots in the Western Conference playoff picture seems unlikely. To accommodate for salaries, Sacramento would ship three young forwards to the Spurs. A potential trade could look like this:
Wherever these superstars land, it is very unlikely they will be repping the black and white before the trade deadline ends. We might also be witnesses to San Antonio’s first rebuild since what seems like the NBA/ABA merger.