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    Spurs finalize extension with Lamarcus Aldridge

    Source: https://www.hoopsrumors.com/2017/10/...extension.html

    4:11pm: Charania clarifies in his full report on the trade that Aldridge’s extension will actually add just two years to his current deal, with the 2018/19 player option representing the third year. In total, Aldridge will be under contract for four years, with a partial guarantee in year four.

    3:26pm: The Spurs have reached an agreement with big man LaMarcus Aldridge on a contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). Wojnarowski first reported earlier today that the two sides were engaged in discussions on a possible extension.

    Aldridge’s new contract is a three-year extension worth $72.3MM, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical (Twitter link). Wojnarowski adds (via Twitter) that the third and final year is only partially guaranteed. The 32-year-old exercised his 2018/19 player option as part of the agreement, per Wojnarowski (via Twitter), so the new deal will begin in 2019/20 and will lock him up for five years in total.

    Aldridge, who initially joined the Spurs as a free agent in the summer of 2015, saw his production drop off a little last season. His 17.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, and .477 FG% were all below his career averages, while his 18.6 PER was his lowest mark since 2009/10.

    The dip in Aldridge’s performance makes the timing of the contract extension somewhat surprising. Wojnarowski noted in his piece earlier today that the relationship between Aldridge and the Spurs has been rocky over the last two years — both sides have been unhappy at times, and the team explored trade scenarios involving the former Blazer earlier this year.

    However, according to Wojnarowski, Aldridge arrived at camp this year in better shape than usual, and has strengthened his relationship with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

    With Aldridge’s player option for 2018/19 now locked in, the Spurs have approximately $78.4MM in guaranteed money on their cap for next season. With the NBA salary cap projected to increase slightly to $101MM, the Spurs could have some flexibility. But their estimated team salary doesn’t include player options for Danny Green, Rudy Gay, and Joffrey Lauvergne, or possible new deals for free-agents-to-be like Tony Parker and Kyle Anderson.

    Because Aldridge’s new contract exceeds the parameters of an extend-and-trade deal, he won’t be eligible to be traded for six months after signing his extension, meaning he won’t be the subject of trade rumors at this season’s deadline.
    Feel free to add to that 'Spurs - What is Pop doing?' thread, but a surprising move here if you ask me. Basically means they won't trade him. I mean, he's been okay I guess in pre-season. Odd to add more years on his contract which makes a trade less appealing, I think, to other teams.


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    Wasn't he supposed to get traded? Strange.

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    I thought he wanted out?

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    It's odd but I don't think it means they won't trade him. There's a kind of backwards logic that a high contract player has more trade value locked into a longer contract. And if they don't move him this year, that partially guaranteed 3rd year practically guarantees he's traded or cut after next year.

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    Never expected that to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndyRealist View Post
    It's odd but I don't think it means they won't trade him. There's a kind of backwards logic that a high contract player has more trade value locked into a longer contract. And if they don't move him this year, that partially guaranteed 3rd year practically guarantees he's traded or cut after next year.
    The partial guarantee is in the 4th year of his current deal ... essentially.

    A little strange, but if Pop can get him to buy in maybe it works out in their favor. Spurs have made some odd moves this off-season for sure.

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    I thought he didn't like being there?

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    so he basically picked up his PO for next year and added 2 years with a partially guaranteed 3rd year. He'll be a 36 year old large expiring contract (about 27 mill) in 4 years.

    I dont like it. Aldridge isnt worth 27 mill/yr right now and he's already 32 years old. He'll have a couple of good seasons and by the time this contract extension kicks in, he'll probably be in decline.

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    Doesn't surprise me, I figured when rubber hit road he'd realize he's in as good of a situation as a declining big man can be. And I knew the Spurs wanted to keep him because he's still a top 5-7 big man that lets them do a lot of different things. Spurs are easily better with him than without and since Leonard is about to enter his prime they need to think about being as good as possible every year.

    He's kind of got the same problem as Z-Bo has offensively. Both are used to offense running through them and have had to learn how to play a more all-around big man game. And both, maybe by virtue of where they like to operate or their finesse games, are really slow in their decisionmaking. Better guard play would help.

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    Seems like a decent deal on both sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raps08-09 Champ View Post
    Seems like a decent deal on both sides.
    Yet Duncan was willing to sign for the vet minimum so the team can sign big talents to compete which is the Spurs way of winning!


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    Seems like that closed door meeting with Pops worked wonders. Well and cash is king.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eDush View Post
    Yet Duncan was willing to sign for the vet minimum so the team can sign big talents to compete which is the Spurs way of winning!
    how is this even remotely similar given FA is over?

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    If someone wiped out any memory of past team success and just evaluated the moves made independent of that, people would be HAMMERING SA for their offseason. Keeping an old Gasol on multi-year deal? Signing Rudy Gay coming off major injury? Extending a guy who didn't seem to fit well? Obviously they get the benefit of the doubt but their moves are very, let's say... "interesting" on paper.


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    If I were the Spurs I'd move him at first opportunity.

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