The San Antonio Spurs ability to trade LaMarcus Aldridge seemingly took a hit yesterday when it was announced that one of his suitors, the Miami Heat, had traded for Trevor Ariza, in part because trade talks had gone nowhere with regards to Aldridge. However, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on The Jump that the Spurs do in fact still have offers on the table for him but are weighing whether or not to take on long-term money or bad contracts.
“They have continued to have trade talks. They have offers for him. They could trade LaMarcus by sundown here in San Antonio if they wanted to, but the issue here is are they willing to take back long-term money.”
There is no word on what those offers may be or who they are from. He adds that he still expects them to ultimately buy out Aldridge’s contract.
“I suspect they’re not going to find a deal they like and that LaMarcus will get bought out by next Thursday. San Antonio is still listening to offers and there are a few on the table they could go with if they decide to go a route we don’t expect.”
Here is video of the conversation, beginning at the 3:05 mark. Bobby Marks follows up Windhorst’s comments with potential landing spots for Aldridge should he be bought out.
In other Spurs trade news, the Heat were reportedly more interested in Rudy Gay than Ariza, according to the Miami Herald, but the Spurs’ asking price was too high. (And rightfully so, in my opinion. Gay has been vital to the Spurs success this season and, unlike Aldridge, still has enough value to want a good package back in return. Also why pull off the trade if the Spurs feel there is still a possibility they will buy out Aldridge, wherein the Heat will still be interested, and they possibly end up with both? Wanting too much has been a knock on Spurs trade attempts in recent seasons, but in this case it seems like the right call.)