LaMarcus Aldridge is heading to the team that won 2014 NBA finals. The highly coveted free agent is signing with the San Antonio Spurs, he announced on Twitter on Saturday.
I'm happy to say I'm going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I'm excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends.
— Lamarcus Aldridge (@aldridge_12) July 4, 2015
According to Yahoo! Sports, Aldridge signed a four-year, $80 million maximum contract with the Spurs. The Texas native also entertained offers from the Los Angeles Lakers, who he reportedly met with twice, as well as the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat.
Aldridge will be joining NBA 2014 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, who decide to stay with the Spurs after signing a five year contract that's repotedly worth $90 million. According to ESPN, the opportunity to become the team's leading player alongside Leonard after Tim Duncan eventually retires is what led Aldridge to go with the Spurs over his other suitors.
Duncan won't be gone next year. The star power forward announced he is also returning next season to the Spurs play his 19th season. Shooting guard Danny Green and Gregg Popovich, the team's coach, also have announced their intention to return to the team next year. Previously, Popovich hinted that he would leave the team once Duncan retired, but it was reported that he signed a five year deal in 2014, and the team's owner, Peter Holt, expects he'll see it through to the end.
For nine years, Aldridge played for the Portland Trail Blazers. During this time, he has played 648 games and averaged 19.4 points. In the 2014-2015 season, he was named to the All-NBA second team, having scored an average of 23.4 points, which was a career high.