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#pounditFriday, December 3, 2021

LaMarcus Aldridge could be trade possibility for Celtics?

LaMarcus Aldridge

The Boston Celtics are currently tied for the best record in the entire NBA, but they may still be looking at ways to improve.

Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney wrote on Tuesday that San Antonio Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge is among the candidates the Celtics could target in a trade. Noting that the team could use a versatile big to match up with other Eastern contenders, Deveney also lists Myles Turner as an option but says the Indiana Pacers would be unlikely to trade Turner elsewhere in the East, if at all.

Aldridge, who is averaging 18.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and a career-high 1.9 blocks per game this season, will turn 35 next year. He is making $26 million this season and $24 million next season, not to mention the 15 percent trade kicker present in his contract. Still, the Spurs are falling behind in the brutal West and might entertain the possibility of trading him at some point.

As for the 11-2 Celtics, their frontcourt play has been largely uninspiring with Enes Kanter still hobbled and their other options (Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis, Robert Williams, etc.) each standing no taller than 6-foot-8. Aldridge might have another future destination in mind, but he would obviously fill a sizable need in Boston.

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