LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs came to terms on a three-year, $72.3 million contract extension that runs until the 2020-21 season. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced the deal Monday afternoon:
Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a three-year, $72.3M contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
Wojnarowski notes in his report the salary of the third year is partially-guaranteed. He also notes Aldridge was the subject of trade talks, but nothing came to fruition:
San Antonio did discuss trade scenarios with teams centered on Aldridge prior to the draft and during the summer, but never found an offer that intrigued them enough to make a deal, league sources said.
Aldridge is under contract for the upcoming season and holds a player option for 2018-19, which he will opt into. The new extension will kick in ahead of the 2019-20 season.
There were previous reports about Aldridge’s unhappiness in San Antonio, but a heart-to-heart with coach Gregg Popovich seemed to make him more comfortable.
Aldridge spent nine season with the Trail Blazers before leaving in free agency during the summer of 2015. He averaged 19.4 points and 8.4 rebounds as a Blazer. Eric Griffith of Blazer’s Edge provided context on what could have been for LA:
LMA will make $134M in 6 years with SAS. Could have made $208M in 6 years w/ POR. Given how things have gone in SA, does he regret it now? https://t.co/6DOzmoQtIS— Eric Griffith (@EricG_NBA) October 16, 2017
Aldridge earned one All-Star berth with San Antonio in 2016 (compared to four appearances as a Blazer). He has averaged 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in two seasons with the Spurs.
Wojnarowski reports details of the extension:
Details on LaMarcus Aldridge deal: 2019-20: $26M; 2020-21: $24M ($7M if waived prior to 6/29/2020; 15 percent trade kicker.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 17, 2017