Following several seasons with the team, the San Antonio Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge have mutually agreed to part ways. It was only a matter of time, as he's on an expiring deal and never looked comfortable under Gregg Popovich's system.
"LaMarcus is not with the team. He's healthy, in that respect, but we've mutually agreed to work out some opportunities for him and that'll be elsewhere. So he won't be with the team moving forward," Popovich said.
Aldridge is no longer the top-notch power forward he was in his prime but he could certainly boost a contending team's chances. That's why today, we're going to let you know about the top 3 NBA teams that would make the most sense for him.
The 3 Best Destinations For LaMarcus Aldridge
3. New York Knicks
The New York Knicks have Julius Randle, so adding LaMarcus Aldridge to the starting lineup could be a bit of an issue. However, should he agree to come off the bench, that one-two punch with Derrick Rose would be simply deadly.
The Knicks have been looking for a star for some time now and look like a much-improved team under Tom Thibodeau. Mitchell Robinson and Taj Gibson will stay on the sidelines for a little longer, so they need more size behind the injury-prone Nerlens Noel.
2. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics have been looking for an inside presence for years. They reportedly wanted to bring Al Horford back but trading for Aldridge would be both easier and cheaper, especially considering all the assets they could offer in return.
Tristan Thompson wasn't the answer to Brad Stevens' prayers but they could still find a way to keep them both. They have a plethora of wings and young role players that could flourish with the San Antonio Spurs, as well as plenty of draft compensation.
1. Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers are the most logical destination for him and it's not even close. He still holds a close friendship with Damian Lillard and both parties have talked about a potential reunion multiple times. It's time to get it done.
The Blazers desperately crave some size with Jusuf Nurkic, Harry Giles, and Zach Collins all sidelined with injuries. Aldridge had the best years of his career in RIP City and the fanbase will certainly welcome him back with open arms.