LaMarcus Aldridge's contract extended by Spurs

There was also several reports about LMA being unhappy about his role early in the offseason, but he patched things up with coach Gregg Popovich and the front office before training camp.

Aldridge will opt into the $22.3 million player option on his 2018-19 contract, and the extension's new terms will start with the 2019-20 season.

Then a four-time All-Star who had spent the first nine years of his National Basketball Association career with the Portland Trail Blazers, Aldridge was on a clear trajectory towards the Hall of Fame, regarded as one of the best all-around power forwards in the sport. The Spurs will bring back largely the same team that fell to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, making it hard to imagine that Aldridge's role is likely to change significantly this season.

In his first season with the Spurs, he posted 18.0 points on 51.3 percent shooting (a career-high), along with 8.5 rebounds in 30.6 minutes over 74 regular-season contests.

LaMarcus Aldridge averaged a career-low tally of 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Spurs last season.

This deal will come as a shock to many, with Aldridge rumoured to be on his way out of San Antonio.

The San Antonio Spurs have reportedly agreed to sign power forward LaMarcus Aldridge to a three-year $72.3 million contract extension. If left unsigned, Aldridge was set to enter free agency next summer, so this deal could be seen as San Antonio protecting an asset.

  • Wendy Palmer