Nov 18, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) shoots the ball over Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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The Denver Nuggets may not have all the pieces that it takes to make the playoff, and LaMarcus Aldridge, who may be on the trading block, could help.
According to Bleacher Report and its sources (full article can be seen here), LaMarcus Aldridge may not finish the season with the San Antonio Spurs. It is obvious that this experiment that was once the buzz of free agency has not worked for the Spurs, and now is it possible that the Denver Nuggets may look at him?
With their playoff aspirations, the Nuggets may be more inclined than ever to take a look.
The season before LaMarcus Aldridge signed with San Antonio, and he scored 23.4 points per game compared to his mere 18.0 points per game this past season.
The more telling statistic is that Aldridge had a 0.4 better player efficiency rating and a 4.3% better usage rate. Aldridge was no longer the go to option in San Antonio, and it seems it wained on not only his scoring and usage but maybe his value also.
Insert the Denver Nuggets.
The Denver Nuggets have said multiple times that the goal for this season is the playoffs. LaMarcus Aldridge is the missing piece, and they be able to make San Antonio a good offer.
The Spurs still need some bigs, so it would be interesting if the Nuggets would pick up the phone if Nurkic was on the line because let’s be honest a LA-Jokic lineup seems awesome.
The Nuggets have more than enough assets that the Spurs may take into consideration. It would be interesting to see if Denver would the aggressors in such a trade.