LaMarcus Aldridge
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LaMarcus Aldridge Told He Can Pursue Other Opportunities

Veteran center/power forward LaMarcus Aldridge has been given permission to seek a trade away from the San Antonio Spurs.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich announced the news before the Spurs’ 115 – 104 loss to the Mavericks on Wednesday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge (35), is a seven-time All-Star with an expiring $24 million contract. This season, he’s averaged 13.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game. As well as that, he has shot 46.4% from the floor and 36% from range. His scoring average, as well as minutes played, are the lowest since his rookie year.

Over 5 and a half years with San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge averaged 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

 

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He has been in and out of the team this year, missing 8 of the Spurs’ last 11 games before the All-Star break.

San Antonio won 6 of those 8 games, so he is not exactly crucial to the team.

“He’s been a great teammate. No problem there,” Popovich said

“We just think this is a win-win for both LaMarcus and the club. When an opportunity arises, that’ll be up to management, his agent and that sort of thing, and we’ll all move forward.”

“He’s done everything we’ve asked,” Popovich said. “At this point, we’d just like to do something that will work for him as much for our club, because he deserves that.”

 

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“He might be the longest teammate that I’ve had,” said Spurs veteran guard Patty Mills, who also played with Aldridge in Portland. “He’s obviously well respected by this group particularly and every team that he’s played for. As a teammate, you just wish the best for him.”

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