On Wednesday, March 11, news broke that shook the sports world to its core.    “The  NBA  has suspended its season,” The Athletic and Stadium’s  Shams Charania  tweeted after Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus…

On Wednesday, March 11, news broke that shook the sports world to its core. “The NBA has suspended its season,” The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania tweeted after Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus…

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Focus: Asset Accumulation
It’s time for the Spurs to rebuild. The goal to remain competitive in the wake of the Kawhi Leonard trade was admirable, but this team is so far from title contention, it just doesn’t make sense to proceed as is. Even if the season had played out as expected, San Antonio had almost no shot to extend its postseason streak.
Over their two seasons together, the Spurs were minus-0.9 points per 100 possessions when DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge were on the floor and plus-4.5 when both were off. But the minutes for the latter lineups totaled less than half of the 3,704 given to the Aldridge-DeRozan pairing.
This season, Dejounte Murray and Derrick White, perhaps the organization’s two most promising talents, shared the floor for only 102 minutes. For a team nowhere near contention, that’s unacceptable.
The front office needs to make this call easier for Gregg Popovich. Do what it can to clear the deck of veterans, and force Pop to play the youngsters.
At the moment, DeRozan appears ready to help the Spurs on this front. According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, he’ll reportedly decline his player option for 2020-21 and enter free agency.
Aldridge, meanwhile, will turn 35 before next season starts and is still owed $24 million in 2020-21. That won’t be an easy deal to trade, but there’s at least one intriguing potential suitor.
“I keep telling [Lillard] I’m going to come back and finish [in Portland],” Aldridge told The Athletic’s Jason Quick last year. “That’s something him and I have talked aboutplaying together again.”
Given their respective teams’ directions, now might be the time to explore that possibility.

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