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Report: DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge unlikely to be traded by Spurs

The two superstars had been rumored in talks, but San Antonio appears poised to keep them around at least until the offseason.

San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan shakes hands with forward LaMarcus Aldridge after making a shot against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half at Target Center.  Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs are unlikely to deal both DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge before Thursday’s trade deadline at 3:00 p.m. ET, CNBC’s Jabari Young reported. DeRozan and Aldridge each have similar contracts that have another year left after this season, plus the salaries are in the mid-$20M range. It would be difficult for the Spurs to deal one or both players and make it fit, plus they’d be giving up on this season, which isn’t customary for the franchise.

The Spurs want to compete for the playoffs, even though it may mean an early first-round exit. If that’s the case, they will likely hold onto both DeRozan and LMA. But Young notes in the report that Rudy Gay could be the guy who gets moved. Gay has one more year on his contract after this season at $14M per season. That’s more manageable to move and Gay can provide some veteran scoring off the bench, playing both the 3 and 4 if healthy.