#3. San Antonio Spurs
I wrote about this rumor a few weeks ago and kind of love the idea of it. Here’s why.
A Lowry and DeRozan reunion wouldn’t make the Spurs a force in the Western Conference, but it sure would be a blast to watch. The two BFF’s didn’t get a proper send-off, as DeRozan was shipped out of town in an unexpected trade for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Obviously, it all worked out from the Raptors’ perspective, but Lowry was still hurt from that move.
The two players had developed a bond bigger than basketball. They had truly become best friends and wanted to keep running it back in Toronto, being the duo that brought the Larry O’Brien Trophy north. For the first time in Raptors history, two superstars actually loved playing in Toronto and wanted to keep playing there until they got the job done and won a championship.
After watching the opening night loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, it was clear that they could use an upgrade at the center position. Aaron Baynes was a minus-17 on the night and is clearly the weakest player in the starting-five. Bringing in Aldridge would instantly upgrade the ‘Five’ position and the rotation could look something like this: Fred VanVleet (PG), Norman Powell (SG), OG Anunoby (SF), Pascal Siakam (PF), LaMarcus Aldridge (C).
The bench would obviously suffer from having to move Powell to the starting line-up, but that’s a nice rotation. Aldridge has a lot to prove heading into a contract year, so he’d be a great addition, meanwhile, a Lowry/DeRozan reunion would be a welcomed sight.