3. Let LaMarcus Aldridge Retire as a Spur
This would be an emotional move that makes a surprising amount of sense. After getting waived by San Antonio to play for Brooklyn and then experiencing a health scare that resulted in a premature retirement, LaMarcus Aldridge attempted a comeback that did not result in much individual success.
If Aldridge wants to ring chase for the end of his career, I applaud that move. A ring is really the only thing he hasn’t accomplished yet, but if he wants to call it quits soon, I think Portland and San Antonio should jump at the chance to snag him. He might prefer to sign in Portland, as they started his career and he was a four-time All-Star with them, but he certainly had more team–and maybe individual–success in the Alamo City.
If Aldridge wants to be an end-of-the-bench guy for a team like Boston, Miami, or Golden State, more power to him. But in San Antonio, for one season at least, he could play 20 minutes a night if he wanted and could mentor Jeremy Sochan, who could be LaMarcus 2.0 with better defense.
Aldrige would not win a ring in San Antonio or Portland, but it would give him a chance to finish his Hall of Fame career where it got started or had the most success. Plus, if he had an emotional retirement tour, the Spurs might consider re-retiring number 12 for both Bruce Bowen and LaMarcus Aldrige.
Aldrige kept the Spurs afloat almost single-handedly in the post-Duncan years when Kawhi was hurt and before DeMar DeRozan arrived, so retiring his jersey before Kawhi’s would be an excellent, albeit petty move for the franchise.
At the end of the day, this comes down to what Aldrige himself wants and how much longer he thinks he can play, but it would be a classy thing for the organization to do, especially when they need to show players they still know how to treat stars.