The trade deadline clock is winding down while rumors surrounding the San Antonio Spurs are heating up. Of course, longtime fans of the Spurs know better — don’t believe it until you see it. As we’ve mentioned before, the Spurs haven’t made an in-season trade since 2014. Still, it’s been years since we’ve seen so much chatter around the Silver and Black at this point in a season.
For the sake of setting expectations, my personal opinion is this team will probably stand pat once again and look forward to a big summer with tons of cap space. Obviously, I have no insider knowledge, and neither does anyone else in the world when it comes to the Spurs.
For all we know, they could be cooking up something no one has even mentioned. Still, several reputable sources have been reporting the rumblings they’ve heard from sources around the league, so this is meant to inform of the latest talk.
Latest San Antonio Spurs rumors about LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan
By all accounts, the expectation around the NBA is that LaMarcus Aldridge is on his way to being bought out. On Rob Perez’s Twitter Spaces gathering with Adrian Wojnarowski, Bobby Marks, and Brian Windhorst Monday night, the consensus among all the NBA experts was that the Miami Heat were frontrunners for signing the seven-time NBA All-Star once this happened.
The Athletic had initially posted conflicting reports indicating opposing levels of confidence of the Spurs being able to trade Aldridge but haven’t posted anything about him since March 16th (subscription required).
On Tuesday, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer wrote that the Spurs have made it clear Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan are available via trade. In his post, Fischer brought up the Boston Celtics as another destination for LaMarcus, even suggesting they could offer him a primary frontcourt role.
His report also cites sources as saying DeRozan is interested in playing elsewhere after this season, suggesting he might have an eye on returning to the Eastern Conference. Of course, we’ve heard similar rumors before, to which DeMar responded like this:
Latest San Antonio Spurs rumors about Rudy Gay and Trey Lyles
In the same Bleacher Report column, Fischer also discussed Trey Lyles and his desire to move on, which Ethan Farina covered earlier on Tuesday. The revelation isn’t exactly earth-shattering, as he’s fallen out of the rotation entirely in San Antonio with its influx of young talent.
Meanwhile, the latest on Rudy Gay is that Miami had him in their sights, but the Spurs were asking too much for his services. Instead, they made a deal for Trevor Ariza and seem to have moved on from the Rudy sweepstakes.
Per the recent injury report, Gay is questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Clippers, prompting some to speculate (although he did appear to hurt his foot against Charlotte.)
As with everyone else mentioned in this article, a deal for Rudy is certainly possible in the next 48 hours, but it’ll likely be something we won’t hear about until the trade is already complete. Stay tuned to Air Alamo for further updates as the trade deadline inches closer.