The Portland Trail Blazers came into NBA Free Agency with a heck of a lot to lose, and not much to gain in all honesty.
Wesley Matthews agreed to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks worth $52-million over four years, while Robin Lopez became the New York Knicks first signing of free agency, whilst also beating his former teammate with a $54-million deal from Phil Jackson to play the next four years at Madison Square Garden.
The real prize however was LaMarcus Aldridge. A man whom the aforementioned Mavs and Knicks were chasing alongside every other team in the NBA with a bit of salary cap room to their name. Well, Aldridge has made his decision.
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Aldridge, the most highly coveted free agent of the entire summer, took to his own Twitter account to reveal that he would be joining the San Antonio Spurs for the next portion of his career.
"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," Aldridge wrote.
Aldridge will have rejected offers from his former team the Trail Blazers, the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and even the Miami Heat for his services.
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Aldridge has agreed to a four-year, $80 million maximum contract with the Spurs as head coach Gregg Popovich has splashed the cash to bring in a long-term replacement for veteran power forward Tim Duncan.
The 29-year-old averaged 23.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game last season despite playing with a thumb injury in the second half of the season. Aldridge had spent all nine years of his career to date in Portland after being drafted as the No. 2 pick in 2006.
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