Heading into a summer full of uncertainty, nothing should be off the table for the San Antonio Spurs, including trading star big man LaMarcus Aldridge.
Even before the NBA season was put on hold, the San Antonio Spurs were hurtling toward one of the most crucial offseasons in recent memory. They were on the outside of the playoffs looking in, their record-tying streak of post-season appearances was in serious jeopardy.
The Spurs decided, as they often had in years past, to avoid making any big mid-season moves. They held out of the trade deadline excitement and their only move was to finally bring an end to the disastrous DeMarre Carroll signing.
Over the summer the Spurs front office will have to carefully evaluate their options. They’ll have to decide how to utilize their highest draft pick in over two decades, debate the merits of offering extensions to a key star and role player, and make every attempt possible to positively shape the roster for the future.
San Antonio is entering uncharted territory. Throughout their history, even dating back to the ABA days, they have never missed the playoffs in back to back years. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but that’s a real possibility if drastic steps aren’t taken.
The only thing worse than missing the playoffs in back to back years would be doing so without a defined plan in place. Many fans have called for a full-scale rebuild, preferring that the team build around its promising youngsters rather than continue to acquire mid-level veterans in an attempt to slide into the playoffs as a low seed.
One major step the team could take to position itself for the future would be to trade away star big man LaMarcus Aldridge. Here are a few reasons why that could be the right move for San Antonio.