A season-and-a-half into the DeRozan/Aldridge experiment, and it’s clear that the Spurs need to move in a different direction.
Losers in six of their last ten, the team is in serious risk of losing their decades-long postseason appearance streak.
Matt John of the Basketball Insiders believes it may be time for the Spurs to finally blow up their roster, starting with DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge.
“Both of them are really good players. They’re just not great players. They’re both lethal scorers. Both of them can put up 20-30 points on any given night. The real issue is that even if they put up their usual numbers, that doesn’t always equate to a win. If you don’t believe that, look at the Spurs’ record again. Aldridge would be easier to trade on paper because his contract is more favorable since it’s guaranteed for next season, but potentially trading for DeRozan is a little more delicate of a situation.”
They are both posting decent individual numbers this season. Aldridge is averaging 18.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.8 blocks while DeRozan is averaging 21.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.0 steal while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Several suitors have emerged for the pair, including the Raptors, the Blazers, and the Knicks.
The Spurs need the fresh start they have been postponing for decades, and trading their two aging stars is the first step in beginning that process.