The player involved in the biggest signing in the 2015 offseason, LaMarcus Aldridge, feels like he just entered the league again saying that he feels like a rookie again with the San Antonio Spurs. The star big man, who played for the Portland Trail Blazers in his first nine years in the league, chose to sign with the Texas team earlier this summer.
"I don't know where to go, I don't know where anything is," Aldridge said in an interview with expressnews.com. "It's like being a rookie all over again."
The 30-year-old Aldridge admitted that he does not “like change,” but does regret the free agency decision, which had him “mentally drained” throughout the process. Aldridge, who signed a four-year deal worth over $84 million with the Spurs, was also courted by the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks in free agency.
Aldridge is a four-time NBA All-Star from 2012 to 2015 and is seen as a perfect fit in San Antonio alongside veteran big man Tim Duncan and rising star Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs also acquired veteran power forward David West in this offseason.
The Spurs will enter the season as one of the top favorites to win the 2015-2016 NBA championship with the acquisition of Aldridge, who stated that basketball is going to be easier for him in San Antonio.
"I see a lot of easy shots," Aldridge added in the interview. "Pop's [Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich] really good at misdirection, and the team is so unselfish that the ball moves around.”
Aldridge averaged a career-high 23.4 points with 10.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 blocked shots per game in 71 regular season games last year.