Kevin O’Connor has a nice piece talking about Blake Griffin possibilities. During the Finals there was a Trade Machine screenshot that tossed Aldridge to New York, Melo to LAC, and Blake Griffin here. I liked that. Give me that.
Every report and blogger thinks this offseason for SA is going to be very complicated. As I [wrote previouslhttp://spurs.sanantonioreview.org/tag/chris-paul/http://), we all want Chris Paul but I would really prefer a CP3 making a LMA better, not throwing lobs to random signings. The fact remains that Chris Paul is worth too much money to come here. Signing a George Hill or a Lowry is unsexy, but probably more ideal for the long-term health of the roster.
Also interesting is this conversation in 2015 with Aldridge about what he wants as a Spur. It explains more of why he is unhappy. He averaged 17 and 7 this past season. Now read this (emphasis mine):
“So we rode – and I had my kids with me and my mom – so they sat in the front of the plane and him and I went to the back of the plane and talked the whole flight. It was just conversation, about the system, about me. It wasn’t really a lot of questions. It was just him telling me how I’m going to fit in. Everybody was making this big fuss about how I’m not going to be able to take shots anymore, or be the scorer that I am, and he was just telling me, ‘We need a guy to score down there. Tim (Duncan) is older, and we need a guy to command a double team down there.’ So I was like, ‘Maybe I’m not a Spur, because I’ve been averaging 23 (points per game) for the last three to four years, and maybe I don’t fit into y’all’s system of let’s all average 17 (points per game).’ And he was like, ‘No, we’re not trying to change who you are and make you average 16 or 17. We want you to be you, because you’re going to help us be better and vice versa.’ He kind of reaffirmed that they didn’t want to change me, and that who I am is ok.”
On choosing between Phoenix and San Antonio:
“I feel like me being there with Pop in the system with the guys, I should be ok. That was what I was weighing: Go to Phoenix, be the face and the guy, or go to San Antonio and probably win sooner and be more blended in. That was my issue. And I was like, ‘If y’all want me to come here and average 12 or 13 points, that’s not who I am. I like scoring.’ They were like, ‘No, we want you to play in the system, but you scoring is needed here.’ Once I heard that, I was fine.”
The irony here is that LaMarcus Aldridge is the guy who stopped LaMarcus Aldridge from scoring here. He had and has plenty of opportunity to get buckets and simply does not get them at the rate the Spurs need.
[Hat tip to The Ringer’s Paolo Uggetti]