San Antonio Spurs rumors: LaMarcus Aldridge discussing contract extension
By Rob Wolkenbrod
The San Antonio Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge are reportedly discussing a contract extension.
LaMarcus Aldridge is days away from entering his third year with the San Antonio Spurs. He signed a four-year contract in 2015, but with a player option worth $22 million for Year 4. With this decision less than nine months away, the 2017-18 season will possibly be his last in the Silver and Black.
There had not been any rumors of an extension for Aldridge. If anything, his Spurs status for the upcoming campaign was in question when the team put him on the trade block. However, four months later the two sides are working toward continuing this working relationship.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Spurs and Aldridge are discussing a contract extension. The potential terms of the deal were not noted.
LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs are engaged in talks on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
It’s a drastic change of direction from the summer. However, with the 32-year-old back and enjoying San Antonio, it seems both sides are ready to end speculation and doubt about his future.
This potential extension signals the Spurs desire to lock up Aldridge past the player option. He’s set to be a free agent in 2018, along with Danny Green, Rudy Gay, Joffrey Lauvergne and Tony Parker. Everyone but Parker has a player option, so if they all opt out, it leaves the Spurs with a bare roster for 2018-19. It’s Kawhi Leonard, Pau Gasol, Patty Mills and a very young core outside of this group.
How long could this extension be? Aldridge is already on the opposite side of 30, which means his best years are potentially behind him. He displayed aggressive play in the preseason and looked more comfortable than he did last season, however, so the Spurs could be banking on long-term improvement and consistency.
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Either way, Aldridge will start his third Spurs season on Wednesday, Oct. 18, when the Minnesota Timberwolves visit the AT&T Center on Opening Night.