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LaMarcus Aldridge signs with Nets

LaMarcus Aldridge signs with Nets

NEW SQUAD. LaMarcus Aldridge joins the Nets, his third team in the NBA.

Photo from Twitter/@BrooklynNets

LaMarcus Aldridge adds further depth to a star-studded Nets squad looking to make a deep postseason run

Veteran big man LaMarcus Aldridge signed a deal for the rest of this season with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, March 28 (Monday, March 29, Manila time), a day after multiple outlets reported the two had agreed to terms.

The Nets tweeted out a photo of Aldridge signing his contract on Sunday night. According to multiple reports, the deal is for the veteran minimum for the remainder of this season.

Aldridge became a free agent Thursday after the San Antonio Spurs bought out the remainder of his $72 million contract.

Aldridge joins a frontcourt that includes Blake Griffin, another addition from the buyout market. Griffin signed a one-year free-agent contract with Brooklyn earlier this month as the Nets – at 2nd place in the Eastern Conference – gear up to try to make a deep postseason run.

Aldridge, 35, was in the final year of a three-year deal he signed in 2017. He was making $24 million this season, his 15th in the NBA, with The Athletic reporting he gave back $7.25 million in salary to facilitate his departure from the Spurs.

A former No. 2 overall draft pick by the Chicago Bulls in 2006 out of Texas, Aldridge has averaged 19.4 points and 8.3 rebounds over 1,024 career games (980 starts). A seven-time All-Star, Aldridge has played for the Portland Trail Blazers (2006-2015) and the Spurs.

He averaged 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 25.9 minutes in 21 games with San Antonio this season. –