After almost six seasons together, LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs are calling it quits.
Head coach Greg Popovich released a statement saying Aldridge is healthy, but the Spurs and Aldridge have “mutually agreed to work out some opportunities for him.”
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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Spurs are currently working on several different trade options for Aldridge and are confident they can avoid a contract buyout.
Spurs are working on trade scenarios with LaMarcus Aldridge and have been engaged on several fronts, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 11, 2021
Many teams have expressed interest in Aldridge, 35, according to Wojo’s sources.
The Spurs have told the seven-time All-Stars he is free to “work on some opportunities elsewhere.”
“He’s been a great teammate. No problem there,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before San Antonio tipped off against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. “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.”
Aldridge is averaging 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 25.9 minutes a game this season, his lowest output since his rookie year.
The six-foot-eleven center-forward has missed eight of the team’s last 11 games due to hip and quadriceps injuries.
The Spurs are currently seventh in the Western Conference.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked. At this point, we’d just like to do something that will work for him as much for our club because he deserves that,” said Popovich.
Most of the league is just trying to keep up with the Brooklyn Nets, who recently added veteran Blake Griffin to their arsenal.
Aldridge, who started his career in Portland, could provide a contender with some additional scoring power.