Star free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge has agreed to sign a four-year, $80 million maximum contract with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Aldridge, who turns 30 on July 19, had spent all nine seasons of his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers, developing into one of the league’s best big men. He informed the Trail Blazers on Friday night that he had narrowed his choices to either the Spurs or Phoenix Suns, then chose the Spurs on Saturday morning.
Aldridge’s contract will include a player option after the third season, sources said. Aldridge can’t officially sign the contract until July 9 after the NBA’s free-agent moratorium ends.
Aldridge met with the Spurs, Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors, in addition to speaking with the Blazers, after the NBA’s free-agent market opened on Wednesday. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard initially met with Aldridge on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. Popovich and other members of San Antonio’s coaching staff returned to Los Angeles for another meeting with Aldridge on Friday.