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Should (and could) the Raptors go after LaMarcus Aldridge?

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Here’s an interesting Spurs-related turn of events.

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It only takes the slightest hint of a trade rumor for me to get excited about daydreaming scenarios of how the Raptors can land some big fish in the market. Today I read a report today per Jackie MacMullan, the Spurs believe their experiment with signing LaMarcus Aldridge has not worked out as they hoped, and that he might not even make it through the season as a Spur.

THAT’S INTERESTING. MAYBE WE CAN FIGURE OUT A WAY TO TRADE FOR HIM AND SETTLE FOR ALDRIDGE AS A CONSOLATION PRIZE FOR WHEN HE INEVITABLY DON’T GET DEMARCUS COUSINS.

Aldridge is in the second year of a four-year, $80 million deal, and the fascinating part of this is that I can’t remember the last time the Spurs dangled one of their premier players in the middle of a season for trade. It seems like they’ve always got things figured out which begs the question: what could they possibly want in a deal for Aldridge, and: do the Raptors have what they would want in return?

If the Spurs are hoping to rebuild on the fly around Kawhi Leonard’s prime, perhaps we can start tossing names like Norman Powell (seriously, he’s such a Spur-sy player, is he not?), Jonas Valanciunas, any of the young guys earmarked for the Raptors 905 this year, or hey, want Cory Joseph back too? Let’s chat. It’ll probably take a lot to get Aldridge from the Spurs, but also remember Masai Ujiri was relentless with his pursuit of him two summers ago, and there could be mutual interest there.

Anyways, 98% of this is just daydreaming and speculation on my part but you should totally join in on it.