Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs Agree to Part Ways After 5 Seasons
After nearly six seasons, the San Antonio Spurs are ready to move on from LaMarcus Aldridge.
On Wednesday evening, the team’s head coach Gregg Popovich announced that both sides have agreed that the Aldridge will not return to the team as the Spurs begin the second half of their season.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Spurs are hopeful to avoid a contract buyout and believe that they can find a deal for the 35 year old power forward. Aldridge has missed eight of team’s final 11 games prior to the All-Star break with various lower body injuries, but has still averaged 13.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this season while shooting 36 percent from the perimeter.
Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge have mutually agreed to part ways and are working on resolution, coach Gregg Popovich says.
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“He’s been a great teammate. No problem there,” Popovich said during his virtual pregame media availability. “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.”
The move itself is interesting to say the least as the Spurs find themselves right back in the playoff picture, sitting in seventh place at 18-14 on the season.
The Spurs kicked of the second half of their season on Wednesday night with a 115-104 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.