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LaMarcus Aldridge undergoes shoulder surgery, will miss rest of season

Spurs PF will not return to the team when play resumes in Orlando on July 31. It’s a big blow for San Antonio’s playoff hopes.

San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge reacts a foul against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert during the second quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

San Antonio Spurs PF/C LaMarcus Aldridge will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.

Aldridge and the Spurs were set to the return to play on July 31 when the NBA season resumes in Orlando. San Antonio qualified as one of the 22 teams to head to Florida to finish the regular season. First, they’ll play eight games and at 4.0 games back of the 8-seed, the Spurs had slim chances of making the postseason. Still, the Spurs were going to have a shot and now that shot is hurt mightily by the absence of Aldridge.

Aldridge was in the midst of another solid season, averaging 18.9 points and 7.4 rebounds over 53 starts this season. He ranks 41st in PER and is among the best stretch 4s in the NBA. The Spurs will miss Aldridge’s length and athleticism down low while trying to fight for the playoffs.

With LMA sidelined, the Spurs don’t really have anyone who can replace a borderline All-Star power forward. Trey Lyles should continue to see minutes in the front court at PF and C. Rudy Gay, the veteran, should see a lot of minutes at PF and could be the one who starts for Aldridge. San Antonio will need to adjust to the lack of size on its roster. Perhaps a move is in the future? Small ball also may be a decent route for Gregg Popovich and crew.

The Spurs had long odds on DraftKings Sportsbook to do anything when basketball returns. The Spurs were +25000 to win it all and +1300 to make it into the playoffs.

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