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Lowe: There is buzz about Warriors trading for LaMarcus Aldridge



© Daniel Dunn | 2020 Mar 10

The rumor mill surrounding what the Warriors are going to do with the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft has been churning for weeks, and with the draft just a week away, it’s starting to ramp up.

Today’s rumor comes from one of the most plugged in NBA reporters, Zach Lowe, who has had people tell him that there is buzz surrounding a trade between the Warriors and Spurs, that would send the No. 2 pick to San Antonio, and LaMarcus Aldridge to the Warriors.

Lowe’s reaction is that it would be a terrible deal for Golden State.

“Someone within the league today texted me, ‘Hey there’s a little bit of buzz about No. 2 to San Antonio for LaMarcus Aldridge and No. 11,’” Lowe said on the most recent episode of the “Lowe Post” podcast. “And obviously there would have to be salary going out. And my response was, that’s crazy. The Warriors should not do that. You don’t trade the No. 2 pick for LaMarcus Aldridge, and I don’t care if you’re getting No. 11.”

Aldridge is a seven-time All-Star, and has had an excellent career, but is also 35 years old and saw a downturn in his points per game (18.9), rebounds per game (7.4) and shooting percentage (49.3 percent) in 2019-20.

Aldridge is also not known for his defense, but did improve his three point percentage to 38.9 percent last season. Still it’s unlikely that the Warriors would prefer to have a guy like Aldridge — even with the 11th pick — instead of the likes of rookie center James Wiseman, who is expected to be available at No. 2 overall.