LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C SAS 2 months ago

Aldridge will sign a four-year, $80 million contract with the Spurs, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

After several days of wooing and evaluating his options, Aldridge has decided to head home to Texas and join the Spurs. He will immediately take over as the team's starting power forward, and his addition gives the Spurs one of the more formidable starting lineups in the league.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C SAS 2 months ago

Aldridge could return to the Trail Blazers as an unrestricted free agent, The Oregonian reports.

After recent reports that Aldridge would not return to the Trail Blazers, GM Neil Olshey strongly denied the reports. Olshey said Aldridge never informed anyone on the team that he will not return. This does not clear up the situation for Aldridge, but for now, the Trail Blazers could still be in the running.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C SAS 2 months ago

Aldridge has apparently informed the Trail Blazers that he will not return to Portland next season, The Columbian reports.

While Aldridge's camp is yet to confirm the report, a Western Conference executive "with knowledge of the Aldridge pursuit" claims that the All-Star has already informed Portland that he will not return. If this is indeed the case, Aldridge will hit the open market as one of the top free agents available, and he figures to command a max deal. The Lakers, Mavericks and Spurs have been mentioned as early contenders to sign Aldridge, who is a native Texan.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C SAS 4 months ago

Aldridge underwent surgery Monday to repair to repair the torn ligament in his left thumb, which will require eight weeks of recovery, the Blazers' official site reports.

In his exit interview, Aldridge relayed there was a 20 percent chance that he would avoid surgery on the afflicted region, but an examination revealed what was believed to be inevitable when he sustained the injury on Jan. 19. After delaying the procedure, he remained a reliable double-double threat, averaging of 23.6 points (on 47 percent shooting), 10.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.7 blocks in 35 minutes. While his effectiveness waned in the first-round series loss to the Grizzlies -- he put up 21.8 points per game on 33 percent shooting -- the power forward compensated with 11.2 boards and 2.4 blocks per night. With unrestricted free agency imminent, his ultimate destination will be one of the most discussed story lines of the summer.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C SAS 4 months ago

Aldridge will undergo an evaluation on his left hand in the near future, The Oregonian reports.

Aldridge suffered what was eventually diagnosed as a torn ligament in his left thumb on Jan. 19, which was intended to require 6-to-8 weeks on the pine after surgery was performed on the afflicted region. After much contemplation, he decided to forego the procedure in order to see if this year's Blazers were a special unit, playing out the season with a brace on his left hand. As the regular season progressed, the starting lineup suffered the loss of Wesley Matthews due to a torn Achilles, but Aldridge remained a veritable double-double machine, averaging 23.6 points (on 47 percent shooting), 10.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.7 blocks in 35 minutes. Aldridge's scoring prowess waned a bit in the first-round series defeat at the hands of the Grizzlies -- 21.8 points on 33 percent from the floor to go with 11.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game -- as he enters an offseason rife with question marks due to his impending unrestricted free agency. The first answer should arrive once the call to have surgery on his thumb is made, one way or another.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C SAS 4 months ago

Aldridge scored 14 points (5-18 FG, 4-5 FT) with nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 40 minutes during Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Grizzlies.

Aldridge averaged 23.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks for the series, but struggled from the field shooting just 34 percent. Aldridge will be a hot commodity this off-season as an unrestricted free agent. The Spurs and Mavericks have been linked with the 29 year old Texas native.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C SAS 4 months ago

Aldridge said he does not regret delaying thumb surgery, but he noted that he's still bothered by the injury, Michael Wallace of ESPN reports.

Aldridge tore a ligament in his left thumb back in January, but he opted to delay surgery and play through the ailment. It hasn't seemed to affect his play, but he acknowledged Wednesday that the injury is still bothersome, saying, "if feeling great is 10, I'm about a five or six." Aldridge will continue to play through the ligament tear with the expectation that surgery will be necessary this summer.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C SAS 4 months ago

Aldridge accrued 18 points (6-22 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 12 rebounds, and one assist in 40 minutes during Monday's victory against the Grizzlies.

Memphis' defense continues to force Aldridge into uncomfortable situations, but he hasn't been shy about putting up shots, averaging 23.5 field goal attempts per game for the series. Despite the decreased efficiency -- 34 percent versus 47 percent from the floor during the regular season -- his scoring hasn't succumbed to the pressure, as he's averaging 23.8 points. On a positive note, crashing the glass has been a priority for the nine-year pro, as evidenced by eight offensive boards Monday. After four games, his three double-doubles have been supported by 11.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per outing.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C SAS 4 months ago

Aldridge scored 24 points (7-20 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 9-10 FT) with 14 rebounds, four blocks and two steals in 42 minutes during Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Grizzlies.

He's been a monster through the first two games of the series, but as yet his big numbers haven't translated into a victory for the Blazers. Aldridge will try to maintain his momentum back home in Portland on Saturday for Game 3.

LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C SAS 4 months ago

Aldridge had a monster performance in a Game 1 loss to the Grizzlies, posting 32 points, 14 rebounds, one assist, and four blocks in 42 minutes of action.

Aldridge played his heart out Sunday, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to rack up the win. The Blazers were struggling the whole game, and Aldridge was one of the few bright spots. Expect him to continue playing well as the leader of the Blazers.