A trade between the San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls surrounding seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge could be mutually beneficial.
Despite drafting the seven-time All-Star second overall in the 2006 NBA Draft, LaMarcus Aldridge never played a game for the Chicago Bulls. In a deal that looks foolish in hindsight, Chicago moved the future-star for a pick, high-flyer Tyrus Thomas and Viktor Khryapa, who played just 143 NBA games across four seasons.
Now at the tail end of his career, 34-year-old Aldridge could be on the trade block as the San Antonio Spurs scrap their way through a rigid Western Conference with the hope of breaking the NBA record for consecutive playoff appearances.
San Antonio is playing better as of late, winning four of their last five games and six of their last nine, but nothing is guaranteed and first-year general manager Brian Wright could have seen all he needs to hit the reset button on this roster.
Enter Chicago: a feisty, young 10th seed just three games behind the Brooklyn Nets for an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Potential All-Star Zach LaVine is playing the best basketball of his life without much help to surround him. If the Bulls want to go all-in on LaVine and a playoff run, calling San Antonio to acquire some veteran talent could help shift their dynamic and surge a playoff push.
As discussed by Andrew Miller of Pippen Ain’t Easy, moving Aldridge back to the team that drafted him could right some of the organization’s wrongs and aid Chicago, the city that hosts the 2020 All-Star Weekend, in making some noise and scrap into the postseason.