LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs reach three-year contract extension

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The San Antonio Spurs have reached an agreement with LaMarcus Aldridge on an extension that will keep the five-time All-Star under contract for an additional three years.

The deal will officially kick in starting with the 2018-19 season.

Gregg Popovich and Aldridge cleared the air during camp after he was involved in trade rumors in the offseason. Maybe, that's why San Antonio is engaging in extension conversations.

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Aldridge will opt into his $22.3 million for this season.

Then a four-time All-Star who had spent the first nine years of his National Basketball Association career with the Portland Trail Blazers, Aldridge was on a clear trajectory towards the Hall of Fame, regarded as one of the best all-around power forwards in the sport.

LaMarcus Aldridge is extending his stay in San Antonio. Aldridge averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds last season. The team would go on to lose in the Western Conference semifinals, but Aldridge performed well individually, averaging 21.9 points and 8.9 boards in 33.7 minutes over the 10 games. The 32-year-old Dallas native is set to make $21.4 million in the 2016-17 season. The dialogue helped strengthen their relationship, made Aldridge feel open to staying in San Antonio and gave the Spurs the peace of mind that they could continue to feature him as a much-needed supporting star for Leonard. Oklahoma City added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony as wing men for Russell Westbrook, the Houston Rockets brought in Chris Paul, and the Minnesota Timberwolves added Jimmy Butler all in an effort to make things more hard for Golden State.