The San Antonio Spurs are struggling after getting off to a scorching hot start to the season. Even with Pop and a solid supporting cast, it's clear from their performance that the combined forces of DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge are not enough to make the Spurs legitimate contenders in the West.
To become elite, they will have to move on from one of their prized stars.
In an article by Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation, he details one solution for San Antonio involving a swap between LaMarcus Aldridge and Cleveland's Kevin Love.
“The solution is easier said than done, but for San Antonio to remain a serious competitor, they should deal either DeRozan or Aldridge,” Ellentuck wrote. “This is the hole San Antonio dug itself after dealing Leonard for much less than his worth. Kevin Love’s name is sure to float around the trade deadline, and Cleveland could sell despite a surprising start. Maybe a deal involving Aldridge and a player like Lonnie Walker or Keldon Johnson along with picks would be enticing. San Antonio could also look to sell off their stars for future assets."
So far, the Cavs have been reluctant to trade Love, who has been with the team since 2014. Love has been loyal to the franchise and the Cavs want to return that same energy.
But with the right combination of picks and young players, it might be enough to loosen Cleveland's grip around the 5x All-Star. The Spurs certainly have the assets to pull off such a move, and acquiring him might help set them apart in the West.
This season, he's averaging 18.7 points and 12.6 rebounds on 44.9% shooting.