Spurs Sign LaMarcus Aldridge

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JULY 9TH, 2:39pm: The deal is official, the team announced via press release.

JULY 4TH, 11:21am: The Spurs and unrestricted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge have reached an agreement that will bring the talented forward to San Antonio, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports (Twitter links). The arrangement will be for four years, and approximately $80MM, Wojnarowski notes, almost assuredly a max deal. The pact also includes a player option for the final season, the Yahoo! scribe relays.

The deal between San Antonio and Aldridge brings his nine year career with the Trail Blazers to a close. The 29-year-old appeared in 71 games for Portland during the 2014/15 campaign, averaging 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 35.4 minutes of action per contest. His shooting numbers last season were .466/.352/.845. Aldridge’s career numbers through 648 games, all with the Blazers, are 19.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG, and 1.9 APG, with a slash line of .485/.276/.796.

The departure of Aldridge doesn’t come as surprise to the Blazers, who were informed by the forward on Friday night that he had narrowed his choices down to either the Spurs or the Suns, Wojnarowski tweets. A source told David Pick of Eurobasket.com as early as Wednesday that Aldridge would sign with the Spurs and turn down the hard-charging Suns (Twitter links), though he continued to take meetings in the days that followed. Aldridge had two sit-downs with the Lakers, and also met with the Heat, Rockets, Raptors, and Mavs during the free agent process. He cancelled a scheduled meeting with the Knicks, who never appeared to be serious contenders to land the big man.

Aldridge’s signing will have an impact outside of lining the forward’s pockets and giving the Spurs a new star to pair alongside Kawhi Leonard, who reached an agreement on a five year, estimated $90MM contract of his own with the team on Wednesday. Popovich, who has mulled calling it quits when Tim Duncan decides to hang up his sneakers and retire, is now looking to coach for the four remaining years on his contract, Marc Stein of ESPN.com tweets. San Antonio is now aggressively pursuing unrestricted free agent David West as it reloads for 2015/16, tweets Wojnarowski.

Phoenix is likely heartbroken over missing out on the star forward, as it had reportedly made a strong impression on Aldridge, and he would have been the star the team so desperately seeks to acquire. The Suns would have instead focused on trying to convince Kevin Love to come to Arizona if Aldridge had simply stuck to his pledge of a year ago to re-sign with the Blazers, Jake Fischer of SI Now relays (via Twitter). Love has reportedly agreed to a five-year deal for about $110MM with Cleveland. While the agreement cannot be finalized until July 9th, it would indeed have been a shocking turn of events for Love to spurn the Cavs for the Suns, so Phoenix will have to settle for Tyson Chandler as its lone coup on the big man market.

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10 thoughts on “Spurs Sign LaMarcus Aldridge

  1. Z.....

    The Spurs really are coming. When Duncan retires, they’ll have a very good core to build around moving forward. LaMarcus isn’t nearly the defender that Tim Duncan was/still is, but Aldridge, Leonard, Tony Parker, and Danny Green is a very good 4 guys to build around

    David West is the perfect fit for them as a backup big after they moved Splitter to Atlanta and lost Aaron Baynes. That would really be something, to see them get him. Just a great organization, and they’re not slowing down

    • Chuck Myron

      Amazing, really, how the Spurs have been able to sustain it. And to come up with a free agent coup of the sort they’ve never made at a point when they really needed it is simply further testament to what that organization has done.

      • Z.....

        Can you think of any other draft pick that has had as much influence on a franchise’s direction/success for nearly the amount of ti.e as David Robinson? He served those 2 Years with the military, but then they had that run of success until he got injured, which allowed them to draft Tim Duncan, obviously leading to the run they’re still on, which will now be supplemented by this year’s free agent signings, likely leading to more success. Meanwhile, they also totally changed their playstyle a few years ago, evolving with the league even before that spread pick and roll became the norm.

        • Chuck Myron

          I’d put Bill Russell atop that category, but Robinson is pretty close!

  2. 123redsox

    Aldridge next to Duncan will be a nightmare this year. Both rebound, both score around the rim and Duncan compliments Aldridge and Aldridge compliments Duncan as duncan is a great defender and Aldridge can step out to beyond three. Put them next to Leonard down low and Tony Parker, Green and Ginobli up top and this has to be the favorite to win the championship in 2015-16

  3. Daniel

    Why would San Antonio need aldridge they got Tim Duncan and Duncan or aldridge will not come off the bench this is a bad deal for the spurs.

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