Report: Spurs will likely keep LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan after exploring trades
The Spurs have reportedly considered “liquidating everybody.” However, they have also game-planned trying to upgrade their existing roster:
“They’ve asked for a lot from teams (for LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan),” Wojnarowski said on the Woj & Lowe Trade Deadline Special (h/t Real GM).
Woj went on to say that the Spurs are “probably going to go forward” keeping Aldridge and DeRozan.
DeRozan has a $27.7 million player option for next season, while Aldridge is due $24 million in 2020-21. The Spurs are 22-28 on the season and in 10th place in the Western Conference standings, trying to make the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive season.
Aldridge is averaging 18.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists on the season for the Spurs. He is also shooting 50.5 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from beyond the arc and 84.2 percent from the free-throw line.
DeRozan, meanwhile, is putting up 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists. The All-Star guard is shooting 53.7 percent overall, 27.6 percent from the 3-point line and 84.1 percent from the charity stripe.
The Spurs appear to be looking to make the most out of the trade value of Aldridge and DeRozan. However, it’s clear that they are content with keeping the two for now and attempting to make the playoffs despite little hopes of actually contending for the title.
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