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Heat hoping to make significant moves before trade deadline?

Kyle Lowry

The NBA trade deadline is looming less than 72 hours away, and the Miami Heat definitely appear to be one of the teams to watch this week.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Heat are being linked to two potentially significant moves. They are viewed as the frontrunner to sign LaMarcus Aldridge in the event that the San Antonio Spurs fail to find a trade for the forward and are forced to buy him out. In addition, the Heat are said to “covet” Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry in a trade.

If Aldridge looks likely, Lowry is going to be much harder. While he might not be eager for a trade, he does have a friendship with Jimmy Butler that could make Miami attractive. What isn’t clear is how eager the Raptors are to move Lowry, though it sounds like there may have been some exploratory talks.

The Heat are the reigning Eastern Conference champions, but sit fifth right now at 22-21. A big addition might be just what they need to jumpstart their season.

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Report: LaMarcus Aldridge favored to land with one of these three teams

LaMarcus Aldridge

The San Antonio Spurs are still looking to trade LaMarcus Aldridge prior to the March 25 deadline, but a buyout agreement seems like the most likely outcome. If and when that happens, Aldridge is expected to draw interest from several contending teams.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers are considered the leading suitors for Aldridge.

Aldridge is on an expiring contract that pays him $24 million this season.

The Celtics are looking to add a big man down the stretch, and Charania says they are also interested in Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins. Adding Collins, who is just 23 and averaging 17.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game this season, would likely cost a high first-round pick and/or a talented young player.

Aldridge is 35 and clearly on the back end of his career, but he’s still been fairly solid this season with 13.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He’s a seven-time All-Star who has plenty of postseason experience, so you can understand why playoff-bound teams would want to add him.

The Celtics are 20-18 and have been somewhat of a disappointment this year, but they are not giving up on the idea of making a deep postseason run. Their pursuit of one of the best players in the NBA was evidence of that.

Miami is 21-18 and just ahead of Boston in the Eastern Conference standings. The Trail Blazers are 22-16, which is good for sixth in the Western Conference at the moment.

LaMarcus Aldridge to part ways with Spurs

LaMarcus Aldridge

It is officially about to be curtains for LaMarcus Aldridge’s career with the San Antonio Spurs.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters on Wednesday that the team has mutually agreed to part ways with the veteran big man.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski adds that the Spurs are working on various trade scenarios with Aldridge and have already received interest.

The 35-year-old Aldridge had been with San Antonio for the last six seasons. His numbers were down this year to 13.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game, all the lowest of his Spurs career. Aldridge had also been losing minutes to younger players like Jakob Poeltl and Trey Lyles.

A seven-time All-Star, Aldridge will be a free agent after the season. We had seen some warning signs indicating that the end was near for him in San Antonio, and now he will have a new home shortly.

LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan are trade candidates for Spurs?

LaMarcus Aldridge

The San Antonio Spurs have gone over two decades without blowing up their roster, but they could be coming dangerously close this season.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix quoted an unnamed NBA scout this week who said that the Spurs are in “flux.” The scout also indicated that it is likely LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan get dealt by the trade deadline.

The Spurs do not appear to be a playoff team with their current Aldridge-DeRozan core. They missed the postseason last year for the first time since 1997, finishing up with a sub-.500 record of 32-39. Aldridge is an expiring contract, owed $24 million this season. DeRozan is also in the final year of his deal and is due $27.7 million.

The two ex-All-Stars were linked to some top contenders in trade rumors this offseason. If they can increase their value with strong play in the first half of the 2020-21 campaign, one or both could easily be sent packing.

Warriors interested in LaMarcus Aldridge trade?

LaMarcus Aldridge

Could the Golden State Warriors find a way to land yet another All-Star?

On his self-titled podcast this week, ESPN’s Zach Lowe linked the Warriors to San Antonio Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge in a potential trade.

“Someone within the league today texted me and said ‘Hey, there is a little bit of buzz about No. 2 to San Antonio for LaMarcus Aldridge and No. 11, and obviously there has to be salary going out.’” said Lowe, per HoopsHype. “And my response was ‘That’s crazy! The Warriors should not do that.’”

Aldridge, now 35, averaged 18.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Spurs last season while also shooting three-pointers at a higher volume. He is owed $24 million next season and can become a free agent in 2021.

Lowe obviously has a strong argument that the No. 2 overall pick is worth a lot more than an aging player who could be a one-year rental. But Golden State’s core pieces of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are all in their 30s too, and they may not have time to wait for a top draft pick to develop. Aldridge would also address the Warriors’ size problem and might even be fairly available.

LaMarcus Aldridge out for season after arthroscopic surgery

The San Antonio Spurs have more games to play in the NBA season, but LaMarcus Aldridge won’t be taking part in them.

The Spurs center will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his shuolder, the team announced Monday.

Per the Spurs, Aldridge had the surgery in April, so they’ll have been prepared for this eventuality for quite some time.

The 34-year-old had started 53 games for San Antonio in 2019-20, averaging 18.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. The Spurs will be one of the teams pushing for the final playoff spot, and Aldridge’s absence is certain to make that task tougher.

Report: Heat interested in acquiring DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge

DeMar DeRozan

The Miami Heat are probably one piece away from true championship contention, and they are on the hunt ahead of the Feb. 6 trade deadline.

Shandel Richardson of Sports Illustrated reported on Monday that the Heat have shown interest in the San Antonio Spurs’ star duo of DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge. Richardson also notes Miami’s interest in New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, which had previously been reported.

The Heat have been one of the biggest surprises in the league this season. They sit at 29-13 (second in the Eastern Conference) despite giving heavy rotation minutes to two rookies (Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro) as well as three other players age 25 or younger (Bam Adebayo, Derrick Jones Jr, and Duncan Robinson).

Richardson adds that the Heat would almost certainly have to give up one of their other young players such as Justise Winslow in addition to a veteran like Kelly Olynyk or Dion Waiters. But with the aforementioned Spurs expanding their respective games this season, it may be a price worth paying for Miami.

Gregg Popovich cracks funny joke about LaMarcus Aldridge shooting more 3s

Gregg Popovich

LaMarcus Aldridge has looked like a changed man with all the three-pointers that he is shooting this season, so much so that his head coach thinks that it may be a different person entirely.

Before the San Antonio Spurs played the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, coach Gregg Popovich joked about Aldridge’s increased prowess from deep.

“That’s not LaMarcus, it’s his twin,” said Popovich, per Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “It’s an impersonator.

“He’s doing a hell of a job,” added Popovich about the so-called impersonator.

The 34-year-old Aldridge has always been a strong scorer from the midrange but has never been much of a three-point shooter, entering the year averaging 0.4 three-point attempts a game at a 28.3 percent success rate for his career. That has all changed this season however with Aldridge firing up 2.5 attempts from deep per game and connecting on a spectacular 45.5 percent of them.

Popovich has openly admitted that he does not care for the three-point shot, but in a year where the Spurs are an uncharacteristic 17-21, Aldridge extending his range by a few feet can only help matters.

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.

Did LaMarcus Aldridge get away with groin punch on Gary Harris?

LaMarcus Aldridge

Did LaMarcus Aldridge get away with a groin punch on Gary Harris in Game 2 of the San Antonio Spurs-Denver Nuggets first round playoff series?

Video has been circulating around the net that shows Harris going down around the free throw line while trying to set a screen in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game. Aldridge appears to wind up with his right arm, while his left also appears to make contact with Harris.

Here’s another angle:

Aldridge was not called for any fouls in the sequence.

Do you think he got away with something? Even if the contact was accidental, Harris did not seem to be flopping.