Apr 29, 2015; Memphis, TN, USA; Portland Trailblazers forwardLaMarcus Aldridge
(12) backs in against Memphis Grizzlies forwardZach Randolph
(50) in the first quarter during game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
Everyone knew that the San Antonio Spurs were in the mix for the LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes. It was still going to seem unreal if he did choose the Spurs, as he had spent the first 9 seasons of his career in Portland.
On Saturday morning LaMarcus Aldridge chose the Spurs. Yes the team that has reached two finals in the past three seasons. The team with the greatest power forward of all-time. The team with one of the best coaches of all time. You get the point! Aldridge has made four consecutive all-star games and is the only player in the NBA to average at least 23 points and 10 rebounds in each of the past two seasons.
The deal is a four-year maximum contract worth more than $80 million, with an opt-out option after the third year.
Last season, Aldridge averaged 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1 block. The 29-year old big averaged 21.8 points and 11.2 rebounds in the playoffs against a difficult Memphis Grizzlies team. Aldridge shot an uncharacteristic 33% from the field, as he got constant double teams due to the injuries of players like Wesley Matthews and Arron Afflalo.
The addition of Aldridge put the Spurs alongside the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City as the best teams in the Western Conference. Aldridge will dominate from day one and the Spurs will no longer have to heavily rely on Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.
Aldridge’ signing has made life easier for the “aging” Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich.