San Antonio Spurs General Manager RC Buford shot down the LaMarcus Aldridge trade rumors, hours after they flooded the newswire.
The San Antonio Spurs appeared all throughout the rumor mill, despite having a quiet NBA Draft. Most notably, it came from talk of LaMarcus Aldridge’s future with the franchise, as he was reportedly being shopped for a top-10 pick.
Well, the draft came and went, and Aldridge remains a Spur. The Sacramento Kings, who were linked to Aldridge, dealt the No. 10 pick to the Portland Trail Blazers.
After the draft, Spurs General Manager RC Buford spoke on the Aldridge trade rumors. He shot them down, saying “we’re happy with the group we have.” This is according to Paul Garcia of Project Spurs:
Buford on Aldridge 'unhappy' rumors: "We're happy with the group we have."
Said Aldridge is part of SA winning 128 games, getting to WCF.
— Paul Garcia (@PaulGarciaNBA) June 23, 2017
That may quiet the Aldridge rumors, for now. However, with all the buzz around his name these past few days, is there actually fire behind the smoke?
It’s possible the Spurs tried moving Aldridge, but couldn’t find a suitor during the draft. If they don’t want to wait for a 2018 pick, then they may have settled on using him for next season. It should be noted the former Texas Longhorn can opt out of his contract in the summer of 2018.
This offseason is far from over, however, so talks may start up again, especially once July 1 hits. The Spurs could gauge the teams that need a power forward and go from there. That’s easier said than done, but if a team is willing to take his 20-plus million salary for next season — potentially as a rental — then the dominoes could fall.
The Spurs should have an active offseason, with Buford and Gregg Popovich looking for ways to improve the team and compete with the Golden State Warriors. Will Aldridge be part of this summer’s plans?