Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge is confident the three-year, $72 million extension he signed Monday will dispel the notion he has been unhappy in San Antonio. “It has to because signing that means both sides wanted it,” Aldridge said Tuesday. “It’s not one-sided. I’m happy to sign it. I feel like they are happy to have me sign it. I feel like everything is great.”
“I feel like the talks this summer were very constructive and were kind of needed, having a heart to heart where you just say how you feel,” Aldridge said. “And I feel like Pop has been great about the things that I said or kind of needed or wanted, and so far it’s been great. I’m happy to be here,” Aldridge said. “It just worked out for both sides. I feel like this preseason has been great for myself, trying to find my rhythm and be myself. I feel like the offense has had some tweaks to it to where I’m feeling more comfortable and I feel like I am helping the team more. Pop told me he was happy about it. It’s working out for us.”
“(The contract talks) just came out of the blue and kept going,” Aldridge said. “I feel like once it sided, both sides were very interested. I didn’t (study) the market. I just went off how I feel. Pop has been great, and this preseason has made me feel so much more comfortable out there. I have been myself and I feel like I am going to help us win. So, I went off how I felt, in the moment and I did it.”
Tom Orsborn: "That would be big," Danny Green says of LaMarcus Aldridge possible gaining an extension from #Spurs. “It seems right now he’s feeling comfortable, he’s fitting well,” Green said of Aldridge. “He is kind of more at home now, being himself, playing good basketball. He is in good shape right now.
Aldridge has had an up-and-down tenure with the Spurs across his two seasons since signing as a free agent from Portland. San Antonio did discuss trade scenarios with teams centered on Aldridge in this off season, league sources said. At times, Aldridge hasn't been happy with the franchise, and the franchise hasn't been happy with him. Nevertheless, Aldridge arrived into training camp in strong shape and with a better relationship with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Both sides understand that the uncertainty of free agency next summer could make an extension a wise option.
June 20, 2021 | 12:22 pm EDT Update
Justin Kubatko: Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in each of the last five games of the 2021 ECS. Antetokounmpo is the first player to record at least five such games in a row in a single playoff series since Shaquille O’Neal in the 2000 NBA Finals. pic.twitter.com/NeBtfLklzL
Chase Hughes: Giannis Antetokounmpo is heading to his 2nd conference finals already at 26 years old. MJ didn’t do that until he was 27. Jordan was 28 when he won his 1st title, so was Shaq. LeBron and Steph were 27. Despite the narrative, Giannis is at worst on schedule for an all-time great.
June 20, 2021 | 11:22 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: As expected, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie plans to decline the $12.3M player option on his 2021-2022 contract and become an unrestricted free agent, sources tell ESPN. He has a Monday deadline. Dinwiddie missed most of the season with an ACL injury.
Justin Kubatko: Giannis Antetokounmpo last night: ✅ 40 PTS ✅ 13 REB ✅ 5 AST Antetokounmpo is just the third player in NBA postseason history to record at least 40p/10r/5a in a Game 7, joining Jerry West (1969) and Tim Duncan (2006). He’s the first player to do so on a winning team. pic.twitter.com/a6NcLlxQDi
June 20, 2021 | 10:02 am EDT Update
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