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LaMarcus Aldridge trade: Hawks Paul Millsap and a first rounder for Spurs’ Aldridge

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on
Hawks Paul Millsap and a first rounder for Spurs’ Aldridge?
Trade rumors suggest the Spurs send Aldridge to the Atlanta Hawks for Paul Millsap and a first round pick in next year’s draft.

It would seem that LaMarcus Aldridge as a member of the San Antonio Spurs is already numbered. Trade rumors suggest the Spurs send Aldridge to the Atlanta Hawks for Paul Millsap and a first round pick in next year’s draft.

Many see that Aldridge with the Spurs was a bad move as the 31-year old power forward failed to meet expectation. Analysts see that Aldridge was not able to blend with the Spurs system and a trade would be the best solution.

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As compared to his stint with the Portland Trail Blazers, Aldridge average closed to 24 points in his last five seasons with the team. After transferring with the Spurs, Aldridge averaged 18.0 points with 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Meaning there is something wrong with his performance as he could have dominate inside the paint behind Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili.

Now that Tim has decided to retire, the Spurs hope that Aldridge would be able to fill in the void being the second leading scorer next to Kawhi Leonard. Aldridge has tried to overdo himself during the preseason game as he has averaged double-digits. However, if he remains inconsistent, Aldridge could see his playing days with the Spurs numbered.

If the deal was to go down, the Spurs hope gets flexibility in Millsap, who is equal with Aldridge in talent. Also with the first round pick for next year’s draft would be a fitting compensation if Millsap opts out of his contract by next year.

However, if Millsap blends well with Gregg Popovich’s system then the Spurs could have another great addition to its roster. Millsap would be a great addition as the Spurs as they would try to sign Blake Griffin in next year’s free agency season.

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The deal would also see the Hawks have a formidable duo inside the paint with Aldridge and Dwight Howard. They could lead the Hawks to a good finish in the playoffs as the Aldridge-Howard combo would be great.

The deal is plausible and would be a warning sign for Aldridge to prove his worth as the NBA season formally starts in the next week. The Spurs will watch Aldridge’s performance and will decide to work on a trade before the trade deadline in Feb.

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