Suns lose out on Aldridge but the future looks good..

It’s time to put the hopeful thought of LaMarcus Aldridge coming to the Phoenix Suns to rest now that he has chosen the San Antonio Spurs.

But please, allow one last parting shot. Short term, the Spurs may be the best choice considering they have Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard. Duncan, Parker and Leonard are all NBA Finals MVP’s and Ginobili is a Hall of Fame player.

Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich now has his cornerstone for the future with Leonard and Aldridge, but is that enough long term?

The Spurs will be a championship contending team as long as Duncan is there, which means they will always have a bad draft choice.

This year they lost assets in Tiago Splitter and Marco Belinelli.

The Suns on the other hand, obviously not as championship accomplished as the Spurs, have some really good pieces.

Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Archie Goodwin, Alex Lin and Devin Booker are all under 25 years old and newly acquired Tyson Chandler still have enough tread on the tires for a few more playoff runs.

With Aldridge, the Suns would have jumped to one of the top four teams in the west with a real chance to make a finals push. Without him, they are a solid team hoping to get to the playoffs in a talented Western Conference.

If nothing else, Aldridge, by keeping the Suns in the running until the end, puts the league on notice that the Suns are for real and what head coach, Jeff Hornacek and general manager Ryan McDonough, is doing is working.

So maybe this big fish got away, but next summer when the salary cap balloons, look for the Suns to be players in the Kevin Durant, Al Jefferson, Nicolas Batum and Al Horford sweepstakes.

 

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