LaMarcus Aldridge agrees to contract extension with San Antonio Spurs

Gregg Popovich and Aldridge cleared the air during camp after he was involved in trade rumors in the offseason. Aldridge will pick up his $22.3 million option for 2018-19 and has signed on for two more years at $25 million per year, though just $7 million is guaranteed in 2020-21, the final year of the deal.

The kinks the two sides have been trying to work through had league observers believing Aldridge might not be long for San Antonio. Aldridge left the Portland Trail Blazers to join the Spurs on a four-year contract worth US$84 million (AU$111 million) in 2015. Aldridge always seemed like a weird fit in San Antonio and he was heavily criticized for his play down the stretch last season, so this is pretty surprising.

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The San Antonio Spurs have reached an agreement with LaMarcus Aldridge on an extension that will keep the five-time All-Star under contract for an additional three years. The power forward is now entering his 12th National Basketball Association season, and the Spurs are sticking with he and Kawhi Leonard as the team's star power for the foreseeable future. With Tim Duncan nearing retirement and Kawhi Leonard emerging as the team's next focal point, the Spurs splurged for Aldridge in free agency to try to extend the team's window for competing in the Western Conference. Of course, $32 million in new guaranteed money for the 32-year-old big man does a lot to dampen Aldridge's fears about his spot in the rotation and his role within the organization.

Aldridge said he feels better about his game and the adjustments that have been made in the offense.

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