THE RUMOR: The San Antonio Spurs may try to trade LaMarcus Aldridge during the 2016-17 season.
REPORTED BY: ESPN's Jackie MacMullan, appearing on CSNNE.com's Early Edition.
DETAILS: MacMullan said sources told her the experiment with Aldridge has not worked out like the Spurs hoped. According to the San Antonio Express-News, the belief is the Spurs pitched Aldridge on becoming the star of their offense in 2015, and with the rise of Kawhi Leonard, that hasn't happened, frustrating both sides.
LAST SEASON: In the first season of a four-year maximum contract, Aldridge averaged 18 points, 8.5 rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the floor.
OUR TAKE: With the aging Pau Gasol, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, a slight rebuild for younger talent is viable option for the Spurs. The problem is, the veterans aren't going to like wasting time and losses as their NBA career comes to a close.
Aldridge does have a player option for the 2018-19 season that he's likely to opt out of, so the Spurs are in sound position to trade the big man now with two seasons left on his deal. If things head south, look for the Phoenix Suns to headline possible suitors as the Suns head coach Earl Watson played with Aldridge in Portland in 2013-14.