Aldridge has reportedly signed a huge four-year, $80-million contract with a player option after the third year.
After also giving Brandon Knight a big raise this National Basteball Association offseason, the Suns would have to get very creative to still land Aldridge. With their famed trio of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili aging, Buford and Popovich have deftly set up the long-term health of the franchise with several moves this summer.
Hammon spoke out for the first time Saturday about the history-making move by the Spurs, who have given the former WNBA star player the chance to become the first woman who’ll serve as a head coach in an National Basteball Association summer league. It was going to take some sacrifice and salary cap maneuvering, but if there was any team that was going to pull this off, it would be San Antonio.
Great jockeying and a solid play by the Spurs organization who just seems to call all the right shots. Now, like most of the rest of the league, he’s waiting for LaMarcus Aldridge to make a decision and determine just how big Davis’ role will be in his new home. I was listening to The Lowe Post, the can’t-miss podcast from Grantland.com’s Zach Lowe, and Lowe’s colleague Marc Stein explained that Gasol wouldn’t be listening to pitches from teams, the Spurs were the only other team that remotely interested him.
A person with knowledge of the deal said the Sacramento Kings and center Kosta Koufos agreed to a four-year, $33million contract. “He and I are roughly the same age“, Holt said. If his health holds up, I know he doesn’t believe it, but I believe he’ll stay.
That Aldridge could be convinced to leave Portland at all, however, might stem back to the injury that changed the Blazers season.
The New York Knicks are one of the most active teams this free agency, and already they have acquired free agent guard Arron Afflalo from the Portland Trail Blazers.
It’ll be interesting to see how Aldridge is received when he goes back to Portland. Following the 2009-10 season, Aldridge signed a five-year, $65 million extension with the Blazers. They could also try to work with the Blazers on a sign and trade. That’s why losing Aldridge is devastating for the Blazers. They’ve won at least 50 games in every one of those seasons, except, of course, during the lockout-shortened 1999 campaign that lasted 50 games in total.