LaMarcus Aldridge has reportedly decided on his next team.
The longtime Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs star has been bought out of his contract, freeing him up to sign with a new team ahead of a playoff run. Aldridge was widely expected to sign in Miami or Boston, but he surprised the NBA world with his decision on Saturday.
Aldridge, like Blake Griffin, has decided to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, according to multiple reports on Saturday. ESPN had some details:
Aldridge, 35, agreed to a contract buyout with the San Antonio Spurs and joins a Nets roster loaded with talent as it pursues the franchise’s first NBA championship.
The Miami Heat had been a strong contender for Aldridge, but he decided to accept the Nets’ offer of one of the franchise’s two remaining roster spots on Saturday, sources said. Aldridge joins former All-Star Blake Griffin as frontline reinforcements signed off the league’s contract buyout market.
The NBA world is pretty stunned by Aldridge’s decision. He’s no longer the consistent All-Star player that he was, but he’s still a solid contributor joining an already loaded Nets roster.
The rest of the NBA seeing LaMarcus Aldridge signing with Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/ZMiMISbAA6
— Overtime (@overtime) March 27, 2021
LaMarcus Aldridge. The newest member in Brooklyn.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 28, 2021
Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul weren’t allowed to play together because it was considered too overpowered by the NBA.
The Brooklyn Nets currently have Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, and LaMarcus Aldridge, amongst other players. pic.twitter.com/8EKXYwCC5P
— Shirts Vs Skins 🎙️ (@ShirtvSkin) March 27, 2021
LeBron finding out the Nets signed LaMarcus Aldridge too pic.twitter.com/kuelIvGKFU
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) March 27, 2021
The Nets are the likely NBA Finals favorite, at least in the Eastern Conference. It would be pretty fun to see Brooklyn taking on Los Angeles later this spring.