The Spurs’ winning pitch came after the Lakers bombed in their first of two meetings with Aldridge, spending too much time on branding and his off-court earnings potential, and not enough time on basketball analytics. “I’m excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends”.
The prize of the 2015 National Basteball Association free agency class has landed: LaMarcus Aldridge is signing with the San Antonio Spurs. After signing LaMarcus Aldridge to a four-year contract, the Spurs are the favorites in the West for next season, even ahead of the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
Many sources reported that Head Coach Gregg Popovich’s pitch to play with Tim Duncan during his final year and then to carry the baton ahead with Kawhi Leonard, resonated with Aldridge. Danny Green and Tim Duncan agreed to take discounts, and if Manu Ginobili comes back, he’ll get a discount as well.
Late Saturday, those pesky San Antonio Spurs swept in and grabbed LaMarcus Aldridge in what was left of the big-time free agents.
Aldridge was also considering offers from the Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors.
Jordan, who turns 27 this month, led the National Basteball Association in rebounding the past two seasons and is coming off career-best averages of 11.5 points and 15.0 rebounds. That is something that Aldridge went into free agency not wanting to do, as he wanted to remain at power forward.
People familiar with the negotiations said the New Orleans Pelicans and forward Dante Cunningham agreed on a three-year contract extension worth about $9 million.
Is Kobe the problem for the Lakers struggle in signing top tier free agents? Once it became clear that the Knicks intentions were to have Aldridge play a lot of center, he canceled his free agent meeting with the team as indicated by David Aldridge. But one day, Aldridge will return again, have his jersey retired, and many will cheer.
The four-year deal is valued at $54 million, as indicated by a Yahoo Sports report.
National Basteball Association: Referees in the National Basteball Association summer leagues will be wearing headsets and replay reviews will be used during games.
NBA.com was the first to report the news of Hughes’ firing.
The National Basteball Association says the policies will be applied in the Orlando, Utah and Las Vegas leagues.