Lamarcus Aldridge buyout leads him to Brooklyn
By Matthew Skilton
Lamarcus Aldridge’s hunt for a ring has reached its peak as the 35-year-old has signed with the Brooklyn Nets after reaching a buyout with the San Antonio Spurs.
Aldridge’s hunt for a ring started in 2015 where he left Portland for Texas and the then reigning champion Spurs, who had been a dominant dynasty through the 2000s and 2010s. In five and a half seasons with the Spurs, Aldridge averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds and made three Allstar game appearances.
But after struggling through the first half of the season, he was taken out of the rotation as the Spurs sought a trade. However, none materialised which led the 5-time champion franchise to buy out his contract.
Rumours circled at first that Aldridge was heading to the Miami Heat to team up with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, to help them reignite the form they had in the bubble last season. However, the star-studded Nets were too much to pass up.
Aldridge steps into a franchise knowing that he can fill one of the holes the Nets needed to fill. He gives them a dominant post presence which compliments the potent outside threats of Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant. Additionally, this allows the Nets to bring offensive flexibility and puts them one step closer to lifting the Larry O’Brien trophy.