The San Antonio Spurs have inked the jewel of the NBA free agent market, locking up 9-year pro LaMarcus Aldridge to a 4-year deal for a reported worth over $80 million.
Aldridge met with and entertained offers from the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat before finally agreeing to terms with the Spurs. The move adds offensive spark to an aging Spurs front-court.
It gives them a nucleus of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green and also pairs him with future Hall-of-Famers Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili. It sets the Spurs up to make a run at the title in what could be Duncan's final year.
Over his 9 year career Aldridge has averaged 19.4 points a game, 8.4 rebounds and 1 block. This passed season he averaged 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds. Next up for the Spurs is to try to woo Indiana power forward David West to lock up another big man.