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NBA Rumors: Cavaliers trading Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert for LaMarcus Aldridge?

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An ESPN analyst revealed that the San Antonio Spurs could trade LaMarcus Aldridge during the 2016-17 NBA season. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Cleveland Cavaliers could offer Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert to acquire Aldridge from the Spurs.

In 2015, LaMarcus Aldridge left the Portland Trail Blazers for the San Antonio Spurs, signing a four-year deal worth $84 million. The Spurs have reportedly eyed Aldridge as the star of their offense but that did not happen with the rise of Kawhi Leonard. Jackie MAcMullan of ESPN told CSNNE.com that the Spurs could trade him during the 2016-17 NBA season.

The Spurs are expected to have a tough competition dominating the Western Conference as the Golden State Warriors added Kevin Durant in the recent free agency. Pau Gasol has somehow filled the spot left by Tim Duncan after retirement, but it remains questionable if the Spurs could take the Warriors in a head-on battle.

If the Spurs’ season did not go as planned, LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to be listed in the rumor mill as the February deadline approaches. According to Jabari Young of My San Antonio, it was not the first time that Aldridge’s name was involved in trade rumors.

“This isn’t the first time rumors surrounding Aldridge’s future with San Antonio have surfaced. Last season, there were rumblings in NBA circles that Aldridge wanted to be traded before the All-Star break, maybe to a team like the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Spurs didn’t bite, though, won 67 games and advanced to the second round of the playoffs,” Young wrote.

It will not be a surprise if the Cleveland Cavaliers emerge as a potential suitor of LaMarcus Aldridge again. The Cavaliers have been linked in various trade rumors this offseason mainly pertaining their need of a quality big man. Last season, Aldridge averaged 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game.

In a suggested trade scenario, the Cavaliers could trade Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert to the Spurs for LaMarcus Aldridge. This works on the ESPN trade machine. Aldridge will undeniably be a big help for the Cavaliers in defending the title in the upcoming season.

The Phoenix Suns and the Boston Celtics are also reportedly interested in acquiring the 31-year-old power forward/center. As of now, NBA fans should note that these are just rumors that may or may not happen before the February deadline. If the Spurs fail to advance at least to the Western Conference Finals, expect more trade rumors to surface involving LaMarcus Aldridge.

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