LaMarcus Aldridge's time with the San Antonio Spurs is over. Before Wednesday night's game, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich announced LaMarcus Aldridge was not with the team and the franchise had agreed to work on some trade scenarios. The 35-year-old isn't what he once was, but should garner trade interest from contenders looking for a late-season boost, especially if he's willing to come off the bench.
This season, Aldridge is averaging a career-lows in points (13.7) and rebounds (4.5) per game. He's shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from 3-point range in 25.9 minutes per game. His PER of 15.02 is also a career low. Aldridge is in the final season of a two-year, $50 million contract. That makes him much easier to trade. Since he's not being bought out (yet), the issue will be finding a good financial fit from a team that also has assets the Spurs covet.
Here's a look at four potential trade destinations for Aldridge.
The Celtics have been rumored to have interest in bringing Al Horford back, but Aldridge could be just as good a fit. The team could use a boost in the front court, and Aldridge would be a big improvement over Tristan Thompson. Sending Thompson back to San Antonio in any potential deal would clear $9.26 million off the cap, but to even things out the Celtics would need to include a number of their 47* superfluous bench guys (*it may be fewer than that) and some draft compensation.