NBA Trade Rumors: Phoenix Suns giving away Brandon Knight, Dragan Bender and future first-round pick for LaMarcus Aldridge

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LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs have recently surfaced in trade rumors and there are speculations that a deal could happen before the deadline. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Phoenix Suns could revisit interest to acquire Aldridge to reunite with head coach Earl Watson.

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN told CSN New England that the Spurs are planning to trade LaMarcus Aldridge during the 2016-17 NBA season. Aldridge was eyed as the star of the Spurs offense when he joined in 2015 offseason, but that didn’t happen with the rise of Kawhi Leonard.

“Sources were telling me the other day that LaMarcus Aldridge may not even finish the year with the Spurs,” MacMullan said. “That experiment hasn’t quite worked out the way they hoped.”

According to Brian Rauf of Chat Sports, the Phoenix Suns are one of the teams that could trade for LaMarcus Aldridge. In the 2015 NBA free agency, the Suns were reportedly the No. 2 choice of Aldridge before he decided to join the San Antonio Spurs.

The Suns signed Tyson Chandler to make their roster more appealing to the 6-foot-11 power forward. Unfortunately, the Spurs won the pursuit. With Aldridge’s names surfacing in trade rumors, should the Suns revisit their interest in acquiring the big man?

Devin Booker is currently on his way to becoming a superstar in the league. The Suns have plenty of young and promising talents but still not enough to be a playoff contender. This is why adding a double-double machine like LaMarcus Aldridge make sense since it could strengthen their chance in the upcoming season.

“It seems reasonable that the Suns would be high on Aldridge’s list once again. The Suns were close to signing him before, he is very close with head coach Earl Watson, and the Suns still have Tyson Chandler who was originally signed to help entice Aldridge to choose Phoenix,” Adam Maynes of Valley of the Suns wrote.

In a suggested trade scenario, the Suns could offer Brandon Knight, Dragan Bender, and a future first-round pick to the Spurs for LaMarcus Aldridge. This works on the ESPN trade machine. As of now, the Spurs are denying the rumors that they are planning to trade Aldridge before the deadline.

If the Spurs fail to advance to at least the Western Conference Finals, they might consider trading Aldridge next summer. However, if a team makes an attractive offer, expect the Spurs to deal him before the trade deadline.

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