LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs reach three-year contract extension

Oct 18, 2017, 00:44
LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs reach three-year contract extension

Aldridge has seen a sizable drop in production over the course of his two seasons in San Antonio, but the two parties remain committed to each other for at least the near future.

Aldridge, who notably began his National Basketball Association career as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, is now slated to earn $21.4 million as a result of the 2017-18 campaign. But the Spurs won 61 games and advanced to the Western Conference finals, where they were swept by the Golden State Warriors after Leonard injured his ankle in Game 1.

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However, in taking over the keys to the Spurs' frontcourt from Duncan last season, Aldridge surprisingly took a slight step back, snapping his streak of five-straight All-Star appearances. In 16 playoff games, Aldridge averaged 16.5 points and 7.4 boards in 33.6 minutes.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports the extension is a three-year deal worth $72.3 million. The agreement involves Aldridge exercising the 2018-19 player option on the original four-year max deal he signed with the Spurs in 2015. After a poor postseason and a reported disagreement with head coach Gregg Popovich, Aldridge was subject to criticism, leading to trade talks this off-season.

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In what should be considered a pretty big shock, the San Antonio Spurs and former All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge are reportedly engaged in extension negotiations. Add in a modest raise for Danny Green next summer and the Spurs are already looking at the cap with at least a half dozen roster spots still to fill.

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