Alongside Tim Duncan for his final National Basketball Association season, Aldridge turned in an All-Star campaign and helped lead San Antonio to a 67-15 regular-season mark. With $21.4 million remaining on his deal, he was eligible to exercise an opt-out option in his contract for the 2018-19 season and become a free agent if an agreement was not reached by the deadline. Assuming relative health, that contract will start at $37.8 million and brings the Spurs to $91.5 million committed to just four players: Leonard, Aldridge, Pau Gasol ($16 million, $4.7 million guaranteed), and Patty Mills ($12.7 million).
LaMarcus Aldridge averaged a career-low tally of 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Spurs last season.
In what should be considered a pretty big shock, the San Antonio Spurs and former All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge are reportedly engaged in extension negotiations.
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According to the report, only US$7 million is guranteed in the final year of the contract extension. After a poor postseason and a reported disagreement with head coach Gregg Popovich, Aldridge was subject to criticism, leading to trade talks this off-season.
With Leonard missing the entire preseason and also scheduled to miss the season opener on Wednesday against Minnesota because of a quadriceps injury, Aldridge's offensive presence is more important than ever. Add in a modest raise for Danny Green next summer and the Spurs are already looking at the cap with at least a half dozen roster spots still to fill.
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