August 31, 2020, 1:53 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
CNBC's Jabari Young reports the Spurs may shop LaMarcus Aldridge during the coming offseason.
The Spurs leaned heavily into their youth upon entering the bubble and found success doing so. Deciding to fully pivot toward their young core by trading Aldridge would not come as a big surprise now. Aldridge turned 35 this year and while he continues to put up great fantasy value in his old age, finishing 24th in 9-cat leagues this season, it is clear he won't be leading the Spurs to another ring anytime soon. Young reports an unnamed agent predicts the Spurs may trade Aldridge back to the Portland Trail Blazers. Young also reported speculation that DeMar DeRozan could be traded to the Miami Heat.
Source: Jabari Young on CNBC
July 28, 2020, 6:27 pmRudy GaySF, San Antonio Spurs
Rudy Gay scored a game-high 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting, adding five assists, four rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes during Tuesday's victory over the Pacers.
Gay produced a vintage performance during the Spurs' final exhibition, dropping 23 points in just 22 minutes. The veteran forward seems destined for a permanent bench role as the Spurs look to develop their youth. His game is far from what it once was but without both LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) and Trey Lyles (appendicitis), Gay has a chance to carve out a meaningful role once again. He is someone to consider with a late-round selection despite the lack of upside.
July 19, 2020, 9:05 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) continued to be one of the most steady sources of early-round value in fantasy this year, putting up 18.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks to register as a top-41/26 per game player (8-cat/9-cat).
Aldridge will not be taking part in the Orlando bubble due to a shoulder procedure he underwent on April 24. The Spurs' chances of earning a playoff spot were slim and it was logical for Aldridge to proceed with the procedure and get his recovery process underway. Aldridge remains a lock for strong percentages from the center position and always keeps turnovers to a minimum. He posted career-highs with 1.6 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers this season, a welcome development for his long-term fantasy outlook. Aldridge may have turned 35 years old today, but he remains a reliable late third or fourth-round target in standard leagues.
June 9, 2020, 8:13 pmDeMar DeRozanSG, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs reopened their practice facilities on Tuesday, becoming the final NBA team to do so after the league wide shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Spurs encountered some obstacles that most other teams did not run into in regards to reopening their gym and practice facilities. According to GM Brian Wright, the team was working with city and county officials in order to ensure tests and supplies were sufficient. The Spurs did not want to use tests that would otherwise be needed by members of the community. Given coach Gregg Popovich's public statements in recent weeks and months, the team's generosity and cognizance of the social surroundings come as no surprise.
Source: Jeff McDonald on Twitter
June 8, 2020, 3:41 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge underwent shoulder surgery in late April that will end his 2019-20 season.
Just yesterday it was reported that the Spurs were expecting a clean bill of health for the season restart, but apparently they didn't divulge that Aldridge received arthroscopic subacromial decompression and a rotator cuff debridement on his right shoulder back on April 24. A sore right shoulder cost him six games in March but he was able to play in the final game before the season was suspended. LMA's fantasy season ends with top-40/25 (8/9-cat) value. For anyone playing fantasy games when the season resumes, look for more Trey Lyles and Jakob Poeltl up front, with the possibility that the Spurs lean more heavily on multi-guard, small-ball lineups. It's a significant blow to San Antonio's playoff hopes.
Source: Michael C. Wright on Twitter
June 5, 2020, 3:31 pmDejounte MurrayPG, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs were dealing with injuries to LaMarcus Aldridge, Dejounte Murray, Jakob Poeltl and Lonnie Walker IV before the season was halted, but all four are expected to be "good to go" when the NBA resumes action.
Poeltl (MCL sprain) was dealing with the most significant injury of the bunch, and if he's ready then everyone else will be as well. Aldridge was day-to-day with a shoulder strain, while Murray and his strained calf were the biggest headache for fantasy GMs before the season stopped. Initially given no timetable for return, he's ready to go and will split the PG work with Derrick White as the Spurs try to extend their playoff streak.
Source: The Athletic
March 10, 2020, 11:39 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge (sore right shoulder) returned from a six-game absence and led the Spurs to a 119-109 win over the Mavs on Tuesday, scoring a team-high 24 points in a team-high 37 minutes while also adding two rebounds, two assists, three steals, four blocks and a 3-pointer.
This didn't look like a guy who was listed as doubtful as of this afternoon. Aldridge showed very little rust and went back to his high-usage role immediately, and he's good to get back into all lineups. With the Spurs having eight games over the next two fantasy matchup weeks, a performance like this surely put a lot of minds at ease about the near future.
March 10, 2020, 6:37 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge (sore right shoulder) will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mavs.
The good news for owners who took a chance on Trey Lyles is that he will remain in the starting lineup. Aldridge, who missed six games, should pick up right where he left off as the Spurs try to keep their playoff hopes alive. Get him back into all lineups.
Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter
March 10, 2020, 2:33 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge (sore right shoulder) is now being listed as probable for Tuesday’s contest against the Mavs.
Aldridge has missed the past six games but is looking likely to return in time for owners' playoff matchups. With Jakob Poetl out, Aldridge is looking at a big workload. Trey Lyles has been playing impressive as of late but is going to take a massive hit with Aldridge returning.
Source: RJ Marquez on Twitter
March 9, 2020, 6:28 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge is doubtful to face the Mavs on Tuesday as he continues to nurse a right shoulder strain.
LMA will likely miss his seventh straight game on Tuesday. The team is also without Jakob Poetl so expect Trey Lyles to continue to see all the minutes that he can handle. Lyles is a must-stream player across formats who is capable of returning value for the remainder of the season depending on Aldridge's availability going forward.
Source: Paul Garcia on Twitter
March 7, 2020, 2:36 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge (right shoulder soreness) will remain out against the Cavs on Sunday.
Aldridge will miss his sixth consecutive game as he continues being considered day-to-day without any specific updates. With Jakob Poeltl also sidelined, the Spurs will continue to rely on Trey Lyles who is managing top-25 value over the last four games with Drew Eubanks bumped up to about 15 minutes per game as a reserve. Lyles has been wildly inconsistent all season but seems like a must-play at the moment.
Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter
March 5, 2020, 5:13 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge has been ruled out ahead of Friday's matchup vs. the Nets as he continues to nurse a sore right shoulder.
Aldridge will miss his fifth straight game on Friday along with backup center Jakob Poeltl (knee). This means that Trey Lyles is a must-stream big heading into the weekend. LaMarcus' next chance to get out on the court will be Sunday against the Cavs.
Source: Paul Garcia on Twitter
March 3, 2020, 12:43 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge (right shoulder soreness) is being listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Hornets.
Drew Eubanks got the start in place of Aldridge on Monday, but it was Trey Lyles who went on to score 20+ points in his second straight game. With Aldridge and Jakob Poeltl out, Lyles makes for an interesting add in the meantime with top-80 value over the past two weeks.
Source: Evan Closky on Twitter
March 2, 2020, 7:06 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge (right shoulder soreness) is unlikely to play during Tuesday's game.
Aldridge was already ruled out of Monday's matchup and Gregg Popovich recently announced this news to the media. Drew Eubanks is getting the start on Monday in his absence.
Source: Jeff McDonald on Twitter
March 2, 2020, 5:22 pmLaMarcus AldridgePF, San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge (right shoulder soreness) will not play on Monday.
The Spurs play again on Tuesday against the Hornets, so it's possible that he will be available for that one. Trey Lyles was excellent on Saturday and has the opportunity to turn in another solid game.
Source: Matthew Tynan on Twitter