In the midst of a 7-game losing streak, there may only be one way out for the San Antonio Spurs.
Their two stars, DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge, are good on their own, but together they seem to struggle to generate any real traction in the loaded Western Conference.
As the rumors seem to suggest, both players could be the subject of trade deals if thing continue to trend downward for San Antonio. For the veteran big man, in particular, he could find himself moving out East before the end of February's annual trade deadline.
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Celtics could emerge as major players in the potential LaMarcus sweepstakes.
“Aldridge makes some sense, but he is 34 and has slowed a bit,” Deveney wrote. “The Celtics almost certainly would need to trade Gordon Hayward and take back some salary to make an Aldridge deal work and they’d be reluctant to do that.”
In the wake of Enes' Kanter's decreasing role with the team, LaMarcus could step in and have an immediate impact. His size, rebounding abilities, and shooting stroke make for valuable contributions and would be especially useful in Boston.
But would the Celtics be willing to give up something in return? A guy like Aldridge comes at a price, and the Celtics will have to be willing to pay it if they want to acquire the 7x All-Star.