SAN ANTONIO – LaMarcus Aldridge’s tenure with the Spurs has been rocky at times, but the five-time NBA All-Star forward and organization have to come to an agreement on a contract extension.
Wojnarowski reports the extension will start in the 2019-20 season and Aldridge will be signed through the 2021 season.
Aldridge will opt into his $22.3 million for this season. The extension averages out to 24.1 million per season.
Aldridge extension starts in 2019-'20. He will opt into his $22.3M for 2018-'19 season and will be signed through the 2020-'21 season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
Aldridge, 32, averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for San Antonio last season, but was criticized for his play during the Western Conference Finals after Kawhi Leonard suffered an ankle injury in Game 1.
He was the subject of trade rumors during the offseason, but cleared the air with the Spurs and head coach Gregg Popovich over the summer.
He returned to training camp healthy, and with a better relationship with the franchise.
Popovich recently said Aldridge looked more comfortable in the offense and loose this preseason.
Aldridge said he feels better about his game and the adjustments that have been made in the offense.
The Spurs open the regular season on Wednesday at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves.