LaMarcus Aldridge commerce rumors: Spurs bench large man as they work to deal him

LaMarcus Aldridge is leaving San Antonio.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich informed reporters Wednesday that the large man is not going to play for the crew going ahead and {that a} transfer is coming. 

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“We’ve mutually agreed to work out some alternatives for him and that’ll be elsewhere,” Popovich mentioned, per USA As we speak. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Spurs have been “engaged” in commerce talks.

Aldridge, 35, has missed 9 of the Spurs’ final 12 games, together with Wednesday’s contest towards the Mavericks. He’s averaging 13.7 factors and 4.5 rebounds in 21 games this season. He’s within the remaining yr of his contract and may change into an unrestricted free agent in the summertime.

“He is performed the whole lot we’ve requested. And at this level, we might simply love to do one thing that may work for him as a lot as for our membership, as a result of he deserves that,” Popovich mentioned, per USA As we speak.

Jakob Poeltl has taken Aldridge’s place within the beginning lineup. Aldridge performed in three games off the bench in late February and early March after lacking six games with a hip damage, however he was a DNP in a blowout win over the Knicks on March 2, the second evening of a back-to-back, and didn’t costume March 4 for San Antonio’s final game previous to the NBA All-Star break.

Aldridge is the newest veteran NBA large man to go on the commerce/buyout market. The Pistons purchased out and waived Blake Griffin, who signed with the Nets on Monday. The Rockets waived DeMarcus Cousins on Feb. 23. The Cavaliers are attempting to commerce Andre Drummond after benching him in February.

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